A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord, originally a transposing harpsichord made in Antwerp in 1617, and then ravalé in Paris, possibly by François Étienne Blanchet in 1750, and then in stages by Jacques Barberini, Paris, c.1775 and by Nicolas Hoffman, 1786.

 

 

The painting of the inside of the lid of the Franco-Flemish harpsichord after cleaning and restoration

 

 

          Like the painting of the figures on the top of the lid, this landscape has been attributed to François Boucher, Paris, 1750.  It shows a sylvan landscape with groups of figures engaged in rural activities.  Landscape paintings by François Boucher are unusual and particularly rare.

 

For more details of the lid paintings at a nearly stage of cleaning and restoration click here.

    

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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