Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord, originally a 'transposing' harpsichord made in Antwerp in 1617 by an unknown maker.  It was lavishly decorated and given a bass ravalement in Paris sometime between 1742 and 1750, a treble ravalement in 1750 by François Étienne Blanchet, and a further treble ravalement in 1786 by Jacques Barberini and Nicolas Hoffmann.



Detail of the foot of one of the legs of the harpsichord stand



          This photographs shows a detail of the foot of one of the legs of the stunningly-beautiful stand under this harpsichord.  It shows an example of the wonderful carving and gilding typical of the workmanship of all of the rest of the stand.  As can be seen there is even undercutting at the back of the foot - a detail that is virtually hidden and a luxury that remains almost un-noticed.


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


 Problems encountered in the ethical restoration of this harpsichord


 The attributions of the 1750 state to  François Étienne Blanchet, Christophe Huet and François Boucher


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This page was last revised on 16 February 2020.