A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord,
Detail of the case Bentside decoration 1
This detail is of the bentside. At the left we can see the addition made by Barberini and Hoffmann to extend the treble compass from d3 to f3. An attempt has been made to disguise the join in the wood with a vertical line of foliage covering over the physical join.
This part of the 'Triumph of Love' contains what is, perhaps, the most un-retouched part of the whole series. This is the head (barely recognisable at the scale of the image above) of the lying putto with his quiver of arrow in the lower central part of this detail.
It seems likely that all of the figures of the lockboard, cheek, bentside and tail were painted with the same consummate skill as the painting of this little brunette putto.
This page was last revised on 19 December 2021.