Italian Spinet

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker in Italy, around 1690-1710. It is a bentside spinet with a compass of C/E to c3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. This harpsichord has a spruce soundboard which contains a gilt parchment rose made of multiple layers, and boxwood naturals and black-stained accidentals.
The inseparable case is made of painted dark brown wood. The interior of the lid is painted with a landscape featuring a reclining figure in the foreground and two figures with a horse and two turreted castles in the background.
The trestle stand is made of dark-stained wood with simple turned legs and plain stretchers.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paint (overall material)
place made
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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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