A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord,
A view from the spine side of the instrument
This photograph gives a wonderful idea of the splendour of this harpsichord. The outside of the case and lid are decorated on a ground of thick gold leaf with oil paintings on top of the gold, a process known in the eighteenth century as ‘vernis martin’. The painting of the figures on the top of the lid are attributed to François Boucher, Paris, 1750. The decorations around these figures and the spine decorations are attributed to Christophe Huet, Paris, 1770.
The stand is particularly fine and beautifully carved and gilded. The height of the stand is greater than normal and raises the instrument into a high playing position.