Italian Transverse, Single Manual Harpsichord

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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
place made
Italy
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paint (overall material)
ID Number
MI.60.1395
accession number
227687
catalog number
60.1395
Credit Line
Gift of Cooper Union Museum
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Music & Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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