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.
Currently not on view
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Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
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overall: 35 1/2 in x 98 in x 30 1/2 in; 90.17 cm x 248.92 cm x 77.47 cm
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Gift of Cooper Union Museum
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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