Poggio Virginal

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Francesco Poggio in Florence, Italy, in 1620. It is a polygonal virginal with a compass of C/E - f3 (6 split keys for alternate tunings), and has a disposition of 1 x 8’. The soundboard is made of spruce with a gilt parchment rose. This virginal has medium-brown stained arcaded naturals and dark-stained accidentals. The jackrail, possibly a later addition or re-inscribed, is inscribed: “IONNES BATT. BONI DA CORTONA. FECIT ANNO. 1617.”
The inseparable outer case is painted black with gold designs. The interior of the lid is painted with panels of birds and flowers with a shield in the center. The stand is similarly painted black with gold designs and 4 curved legs.
Other instruments attributed to Francesco Poggio are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yale University, New Haven, and the University of Edinburgh.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Poggio, Francesco
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 37 1/4 in x 64 3/4 in x 22 1/2 in; 94.615 cm x 164.465 cm x 57.15 cm
place made
Italia: Toscana, Florence
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cooper Union Museum
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