Italian Spinet

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Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker in Italy, in the 19th century. It is a polygonal spinet with a compass of C/E - c3, and has a disposition of 1 x 8’. The soundboard is made of cypress. This spinet has boxwood naturals and ebony accidentals.
The inseparable outer case is painted dark green. The interior of the lid features a painted scene of “Susanna and the Elders.” There are traces of decoration around the lining of the case at the rear: arabesques on coral ground and a gilt strip at the top of the name board. The stretcher is painted a similar dark green
Currently not on view
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wood (overall material)
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Credit Line
Gift of Cooper Union Museum
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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