Joseph Mahoon Spinet
Joseph Mahoon Spinet
- Description (Brief)
- This harpsichord was made by Joseph Mahoon in London, England, in 1753. It is a bentside spinet with a compass of GG - g3, and a disposition of 1 x 8’. This spinet has a spruce soundboard, with ebony naturals with ivory arcaded fronts and ebony covered accidentals. The nameboard is inscribed:" Joseph Mahoon," and the lowest key is marked “1753.”
- The inseparable case is made of painted wood with a simulated wood-grain finish. 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.
- Joseph Mahoon (fl. 1729-1773) was a prominent spinet and harpsichord maker in London. In 1729, Mahoon (pronounced and sometimes written Moon) was appointed “Harpsichord Maker to His Majestie” (King George II, who reigned from 1725 to 1760).
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- Mahoon, Joseph
- place made
- United Kingdom: England, London
- Physical Description
- wood (overall material)
- metal (overall material)
- instrument: 8 1/2 in x 72 3/4 in x 29 3/4 in; 21.59 cm x 184.785 cm x 75.565 cm
- overall: harpsichord: 9 3/4 in x 73 in x 30 1/2 in; 24.765 cm x 185.42 cm x 77.47 cm
- ID Number
- accession number
- catalog number
- Credit Line
- Gift of F.H. and H.A. Vinton
- See more items in
- Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
- Music & Musical Instruments
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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