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Harpsichord

Maker:
Louis Bellot (Paris, active 1717–1759)
Date:
1742
Geography:
Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Wood and various materials
Dimensions:
L. 238.7 cm, W. 90.1 cm, D. 26.5 cm, 3-octave span 47.2 cm, Sounding lengths (longer of pair, far plucking points): 8 ' 4' GG 179.1 (17.1) cm 97.2 (12.8) cm c2 36.8 (9.0) cm 17.1 (7.1) cm e3 14.3 (5.7) cm 7.5 (4.9) cm
Classification:
Chordophone-Zither-plucked-harpsichord
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1218
Not on view
This harpsichord has two sets of unison strings and one set of octave strings. One of the unisons is played from the upper keyboard, and the second unison and the octave are played from the lower keyboard. Pushing the upper keyboard inward couples the keyboards so that all three strings may be played from the lower keyboard. In addition, strings may be played from the three rows of jacks. There is a register that mutes the lower keyboard unison strings by means of small pads of buff leather.
Marking: 1) (on soundboard around rose) Louis Bellot
2) (initials in rose) LB
3) (on underside of key batten) M Louis Bellot
4) (on soundboard) 1742
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
"Keyboard Instruments." Summer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1989), Vol. 47, No. 1, pg. Inside cover, 24, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 89.

Catalogue of Keyboard Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, pg. 85,87, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 89.



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