Ridolfi Single Manual Harpsichord

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Giacomo Ridolfi in Italy, in 1665. It is a single manual harpsichord with a compass of C/E - c3, and a disposition of 2 x 8’. The harpsichord has a cypress soundboard, walnut wrestplank, and boxwood naturals and black-stained accidentals with ebony slips. The nameboard is inscribed: “Jacobus Rodulphus Hieronymi de Zentis Discipulus MDCLXV Facieba.”
The separable outer case is made of painted wood and the present décor was applied after the instrument arrived at the museum. The separate trestle stand is made of made of gilt wood with three gilt putti. The original case was painted in a wood-grain finish and can be seen in Hugo Worch photograph #108.
There are examples of Ridolfi instruments in the collections of the National Music Museum in Vermillion, South Dakota and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven, Connecticut.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Ridolfi, Giacomo
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
overall: 42 3/4 in x 33 in x 77 1/2 in; 108.585 cm x 83.82 cm x 196.85 cm
place made
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
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