Johannes Player Spinet

Description (Brief)
This harpsichord was made by Johannes (John) Player in London, England, around 1675-1699. It is bentside spinet with a compass of GG/BB - d3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. This spinet has a spruce soundboard with ebony naturals and ivory accidentals. The nameboard is inscribed: "Johannes Player Fecit."
The inseparable case is made of stained wood and has a cover attached with three simple brass hinges. The separate trestle stand is made of made of wood with plain legs.
The spinet was a popular domestic keyboard instrument in England and America during the 18th century. A household that could not afford or did not have room for a full-sized harpsichord or organ, the spinet became the keyboard of choice.
There is an example of a Player spinet in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Currently not on view
date made
Player, John
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
instrument: 7 1/4 in x 58 3/4 in x 23 5/8 in; 18.415 cm x 149.225 cm x 60.0075 cm
overall: harpsichord: 7 in x 58 1/2 in x 23 in; 17.78 cm x 148.59 cm x 58.42 cm
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Credit Line
Gift of Hugo Worch
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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