Italian Virginal

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker in Italy, in the 17th century. It is a rectangular-shaped virginal with a compass of C/E - c3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. The instrument has a cypress soundboard, and boxwood naturals and ebony accidentals. The soundboard contains a parchment rose in a six-segment pattern .
The inseparable case is made of painted wood with painted garlands, bows and fruit. The instrument was acquired without a stand or legs.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
harpsichord
date made
17th century
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
paint (overall material)
metal (overall material)
place made
Italy
ID Number
MI*095236
accession number
26256
catalog number
095236
subject
Harpsichords
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Harpsichords
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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