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."

Description (Brief)

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.

Description (Brief)

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.

Description (Brief)

There is an example of a Player spinet in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Date Made: 1675-1699

Maker: Player, John

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

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Exhibition Location:

Credit Line: Gift of Hugo Worch

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MI.299848Accession Number: 61285Catalog Number: 299848

Object Name: harpsichord

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)Measurements: 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 cmoverall: harpsichord: 7 in x 58 1/2 in x 23 in; 17.78 cm x 148.59 cm x 58.42 cm


Record Id: nmah_606224

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