A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord, originally a 'transposing' harpsichord made in Antwerp in 1617, possibly by Frans van Huffel.  It was given a bass ravalement in Paris in 1750 by François Étienne Blanchet and it was later given a treble ravalement in 1786 by Jacques Barberini and Nicolas Hoffmann.



The spine side and the top of the stand of the Franco-Flemish harpsichord




This photograph shows the stunning decoration on the spine side and also part of the stand underneath the Franco-Flemish harpsichord.  The decoration on the spine is lacking any of the 'fine art' paintings attributed to François Boucher and found on much of the rest of the instrument. 

This decoration, and the decorations surrounding the Boucher paintings on the rest of the instrument, has been attributed to Christophe Huet (1700 - 1759), Paris, 1750.

The spine decoration, partly because of its simplicity, is perhaps the most elegant and refined decoration on the instrument.


A detail of the spine-side decoration attributed here to Christophe Huet, Paris, 1750.


A detail of one of the panel decorations from the Salon Chinois at the Château de Champs-sur-Marne by Christophe Huet, c. 1750.


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 12 June 2018.