Italian Transverse, Single Manual Harpsichord

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker in Italy, in the early 18th century. It is a transverse, single manual harpsichord with a compass of FF - c3 (no FF# and GG#), and a disposition of 1 x 8’, 1 x 4’. The harpsichord has a cypress soundboard and the projecting keyboard, when pushed all the way in, plays 8’ alone; when pulled halfway out plays 8’ and 4’ together; when pulled all the way out, 4’ alone. The naturals are dark-stained hardwood with arcaded fronts and the accidentals are made of dark-stained hardwood capped with ebony and have diamond-shaped mother-of-pearl inlays at the base and small ivory buttons on top.
The inseparable case is made of painted wood and has a three-legged stand. The interior of the lid is painted with a landscape in a cartouche surrounded by ornamental scrolls.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harpsichord
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paint (overall material)
place made
Italy
ID Number
MI*60.1395
accession number
227687
catalog number
60.1395
subject
Music & Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Cooper Union Museum
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