A Franco-Flemish double-manual harpsichord,
Detail of the case Tail decoration
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. This shows a figure of cupid with his bow and arrow, a crystal ball being held aloft, and a dolphin (incorrectly restored here).
The painting has been done in oil, and is painted on a ground of thick gold leaf. This type of decoration was known in the eighteenth-century as ‘vernis martin’ after the Martin brothers who invented and developed this luxurious type of furniture decoration. The putti are remarkably similar to a number of paintings by Boucher in various museums and galleries throughout Europe and North America.
This page was last revised on 03 February 2018.