Italian Spinet

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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
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overall: 7 1/2 in x 63 in x 23 in; 19.05 cm x 160.02 cm x 58.42 cm
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Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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