Triangular Octave Spinet

Attributed to Girolamo Zenti Italian

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This is surviving spinettina (octave spinet) removed from its outer case. The soundboard is of spruce, with a case of ebony and keys of ivory and ebony. The lowest key of this tiny instrument sounds G above middle C. Intended as a plaything for a nobleman, this exquisite spinettina once belonged to Grand Duke Ferdinando de' Medici. In an inventory of 1700 it is described as being played while resting on the stomach, perhaps while the player lay in bed.

Triangular Octave Spinet, Attributed to Girolamo Zenti (Viterbo 1609-11?–1666/7 Paris), Wood and various materials, Italian

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