Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord,
A view from the SPINE side of the instrument
Details about the Franco-Flemish harpsichord
This photograph gives a good idea of the splendour of the
outside lid painting, the spine decoration and the stand. The
inside and the outside of the case are decorated on a ground of thick gold leaf
with oil paintings on top of the gold, a process known in the eighteenth century as ‘vernis
martin’. The painting on the top of the lid
has been attributed to François Boucher, Paris, 1750, and the decorations around
the paintings and on the spine are attributed to Christophe Huet, Paris, 1750.
These paintings and decorations have now been cleaned and, once
restored, the affected parts should look particularly brilliant and beautiful.
This is the only example in the world of a French 18th-century harpsichord with
a decorated spine!
This is the only example in the world of a French 18th-century harpsichord with a decorated spine!
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.
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.