Dulcken Double Manual Harpsichord

Description (Brief):

This instrument was made by Johannes Daniel Dulcken in Antwerp, in 1745. It is a double manual harpsichord with a compass of FF – f3, and a disposition of 2 x 8’, 1 x 4’. The harpsichord has a spruce soundboard with a gilt-metal rose, and ebony naturals and ivory accidentals. The name batten is marked:

Description (Brief)


Description (Brief)

The inseparable outer case is made of black painted wood with gold accents. The soundboard is painted with floral decorations. The trestle stand is made of 12 turned spindles painted black with gold accents.

Description (Brief)

Restored to playing condition in 1960-1961, by William Dowd, this Dulcken harpsichord is currently used in concerts and featured on recordings by the Smithsonian Chamber Music Society.

Description (Brief)

Recordings currently available can be found at the following link:

Date Made: 1745

Maker: Dulcken, Joannes Daniel

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Belgium: Flanders, Antwerp

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Hugo Worch

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.315758Accession Number: 65928Catalog Number: 315758

Object Name: harpsichord

Physical Description: wood (overall material)paint (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: overall: 36 in x 38 1/2 in x 103 in; 91.44 cm x 97.79 cm x 261.62 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746b2-a02f-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_605990

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