Italian Virginal

Description (Brief):

This harpsichord was made by an unknown maker in Italy, in the 17th century. It is a rectangular-shaped virginal with a compass of C/E - c3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. The instrument has a cypress soundboard, and boxwood naturals and ebony accidentals. The soundboard contains a parchment rose in a six-segment pattern .

Description (Brief)

The inseparable case is made of painted wood with painted garlands, bows and fruit. The instrument was acquired without a stand or legs.

Date Made: 17th century

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: Italy

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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.095236Accession Number: 26256Catalog Number: 95236

Object Name: harpsichord

Physical Description: wood (overall material)paint (overall material)cypress (sound board material)boxwood (naturals material)ebony (accidentals material)leather (plectra material)Measurements: overall: 9 1/2 in x 54 1/2 in x 17 1/2 in; 24.13 cm x 138.43 cm x 44.45 cm


Record Id: nmah_606006

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