A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord,
Detail of the case Bentside decoration 2
The outside of the cheek, bentside and tail are decorated with paintings of putti or cupids engaged in various amorous pursuits which, collectively, might be called The Triumph of Love. Here they can be seen getting some target practice in preparation for shooting some hapless victim and sending him or her into swoons of ardent desire. Other scenes show similar figures engaged, firstly, sharpening their arrows, and, finally, returning from the hunt with their chosen victim pulled along in a chariot.
This detail is of the bentside was originally at the cheek end of the bentside with a vertical line of foliage covering over the physical join in the wood of the bentside at the far left. 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 this scale) 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.