Dulcken Double Manual Harpsichord

Description (Brief)
This instrument was made by Johannes Daniel Dulcken in Antwerp, in 1745. It is a double manual harpsichord with a compass of FF – f3, and a disposition of 2 x 8’, 1 x 4’. The harpsichord has a spruce soundboard with a gilt-metal rose, and ebony naturals and ivory accidentals. The name batten is marked: “IOANNES DANIEL DULCKEN ME FECIT ANTVERPIA, AD 1745”
The inseparable outer case is made of black painted wood with gold accents. The soundboard is painted with floral decorations. The trestle stand is made of 12 turned spindles painted black with gold accents.
Restored to playing condition in 1960-1961, by William Dowd, this Dulcken harpsichord is currently used in concerts and featured on recordings by the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society.
Recordings currently available can be found at the following link:
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Dulcken, Joannes Daniel
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 36 in x 38 1/2 in x 103 in; 91.44 cm x 97.79 cm x 261.62 cm
place made
België: Vlaanderen, Antwerpen
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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