Marian Wyka

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Marian Wyka

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars with a bow

Violin maker: Marian Michał Wyka

Date: 1958

Town: Warszawa

Country: Poland

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-25, identification no. MKiS XV-C-25

Provenance: bought from the maker on 27 Dec. 1960

Description: A. Stradivari's model; two-piece spruce belly with even graining, one-piece sycamore back; varnish in light orange shades; very old, high-quality tonewood from the luthier F.K. Pruszak’s stocks; full, deep, bright sound; for solo and ensemble performance; maintenance and corrections: A. Karolkowski 1964, 1965, E. Gosiewski 1966, A. Wayda 1969

Inscriptions: calligraphic label reading: Marian Wyka / budował w Warszawie w 19(58) r.; on the left, a handwritten label in ballpoint pen reads: Korekta – 1969 r. / A . Wayda – W-wa

Measurements: body length 360 mm, upper bout 168 mm, middle bout 112 mm, lower bout 208 mm, total length 605 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

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