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The History and Restoration

of a

Stunning Franco-Flemish

Double-manual Harpsichord

 

Antwerp, 1617 - Paris, 1750 - 1786

 

 

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images and detailed information about this splendid instrument

 

A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord, originally a transposing harpsichord made in Antwerp in 1617, and then ravalé in Paris in several stages during the period from c.1735 - 1786.  This instrument is one of the most important and one of the finest-sounding instruments in the history of French harpsichord making.  It also turns out to be a very important document of the modern revival of interest in the harpsichord and its music.  Its modern history involves some very important figures who influenced major world events.

 

The harpsichord viewed from the bentside

The harpsichord viewed from

 the spine

The harpsichord stand

The spine side of the instrument

The painting on the inside of the lid

The painting on the outside of the lid

Reclining nude by François Boucher

A detail of the case painting

Some of the outer case after cleaning

The putti on the bentside and lockboard

The keywell

A plan view of the instrument

The gilt hardware

The genuine HR rosette

A detail of a foot of the stand

   

The Tomasini decorations

   

 

This Harpsichord is Now For Sale

 

Important Features of this harpsichord

 

A brief history of the musical and decorative states of the Franco-Flemish harpsichord

 

Details of the original state of the instrument

 

Details of the eighteenth-century states of this harpsichord

  

 Details of the modern history of this harpsichord

 

 A problem encountered in the ethical restoration of this harpsichord

 

 

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