Details of the History and
Restoration of a
Antwerp, 1617 - Paris, 1750 - 1786
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more images and detailed information about this splendid instrument.
This stunningly beautiful Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord
The instrument has an amazing history ranging across much of Western Europe, the United States and South America. It was decorated in gold vernis martin in 1750, probably replacing an earlier vernis-martin decoration. It was given a first ravalement by François Étienne Blanchet and was given a decoration in 1750 which has been attributed to François Boucher and Christophe Huet. It seems to have played an important role in the social and musical life of the French Court at the time of Louis XV.
It seems highly likely that was given its extravagant decoration because of its amazing sound: it is, indeed, still today one of the most important and one of the finest-sounding instruments in the history of French harpsichord making. But its history does not stop there and it also turns out to be a very important document in the history of the modern revival of interest in the harpsichord and its music. It is associated with Louis Tomasini and the concerts given by Louis Diémer during the 1889 Exposition Universelle. . Its modern history involves some very important figures who influenced major world events - not necessarily involving music nor furniture decoration!
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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
This page was last revised on 03 May 2017.
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