Anonymous Neapolitan harpsichord sold to the Markiezenhof Museum, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands.
In April of 1991 I was fortunate enough to be able to buy an historical Italian harpsichord from a private owner in Brussels. A photograph of this instrument with some details of its original case and lid painting can be seen by clicking on the image below.
Since buying this instrument I have examined it closely and made a detailed report on its condition, history, and provenance. See, for example, Determination of the centre of construction of this harpsichord - 67Kb. As with all keyboard instruments, there is a number of factors that have to be taken into consideration before the decision is made to restore it. I have considered its possible restoration and have decided that:
I am therefore in the process of restoring this instrument. As explained in the details given with the link to the image above, the original case and lid painting have disappeared. I have since had a new case built and this case was painted in 2000 by Stefano Pessione and given a new lid painting. This painting and some details about it can be obtained by clicking on the image below:
Recent work by me has shown that this instrument was made in Naples. Further details about this work can be obtained by clicking on the link below:
The discovery that this instrument was made in Naples, and the need to study other instruments also made in Naples as part of the background work necessary prior to the restoration of the instrument has further stimulated my interest in Neapolitan harpsichords.
This instrument has been sold to the Markiezenhof Museum, Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands as a restored and playing harpsichord.
The instrument is now in the period room on the first floor of the Markiezenhof Museum.