Copy of a Ruckers
Made in Edinburgh by Grant
O’Brien in 1981
The instrument is shown here
without the removable front flap and gives a good idea of the player’s
impression of the virginal. The motto inside the lid
SCIENTIA NON HABET INIMICVM NISI IGNORANTEM means ‘Knowledge has no enemies
except ignorance (or the ignorant)’.
The stand under the instrument is a copy based on the stand of the 1650 Couchet
muselar virginal in the Vleeshuis Museum in Antwerp. All of the decoration including
the preparation of the block-printed papers, the soundboard painting, and the
case marbling was carried out by Grant O’Brien.
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