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 outside of the lid of the Franco-Flemish harpsichord after cleaning, but before restoration

 

 

 

The figure paintings on the outside of the lid have been attributed to François Boucher, Paris, 1750.  These show Artemis and her attributes on the top of the lid flap on the left, and Flora and Juno with a reclining nude on the main lid on the right.  The roccoco decorations surrounding the figures have been attributed to Christophe Huet, Paris, 1750.

 

 

 

A detail of the painting on the outside of the main lid showing Flora, Juno, a putto and a reclining nude after cleaning, but before restoration.  Even the two doves at the far left are delicately and lovingly painted.

These paintings have been attributed to François Boucher, Paris, 1750.

 

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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