A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord,
The stand of
the Franco-Flemish harpsichord after cleaning and restoration
after cleaning and restoration
David Henrie photographer
This photograph shows the stunning stand underneath the Franco-Flemish harpsichord. It is French in a neo-Roccoco style, and probably dates to the 1889 restoration by Louis Tomasini in Paris. The escutcheons at the summit of the legs are ribbed and framed with elegant foliate decoration. The cabriole legs have elaborate goat feet (cabriole means 'to leap like a goat'.
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.