Italian Single Manual Harpsichord

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker in Italy, in 1654. It is a single manual harpsichord with a compass of CC/EE - f3, and a disposition of 2 x 8’. This harpsichord has a cypress soundboard, and ivory naturals with arcade fronts and ebony accidentals. There is a small sliding panel in the cheekpiece that covers two knobs, which activate slides. The soundboard contains a parchment rose. "1654" is inscribed on the bottom key.
The separable outer case is made of painted wood with raised gilt-gesso borders and painted floral decorations. The interior of the lid is painted with a landscape featuring buildings and figures. There are three legs fastened directly to the bottom of the case. The two front legs are connected by a wood stretcher.
Currently not on view
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overall instrument: 8 1/4 in x 29 3/4 in x 72 in; 20.955 cm x 75.565 cm x 182.88 cm
case: 9 3/4 in x 33 in x 75 1/2 in; 24.765 cm x 83.82 cm x 191.77 cm
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch

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