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Positive Organ

17th century
Woods, metal alloys, leather and various materials.
L. 162.5 cm (64 in.), W. 105.5 cm (41-1/2 in.), H. 95 cm (37-1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Fenner Douglass, and Purchase, Rose M. Badgeley Bequest, The Howard Bayne Fund, Mrs. Vincent Astor, Ann Eden Woodward Foundation, Ursula Corning, Newton Donner and Howard Phipps Jr. Gifts, Eleanor Patterson Bequest, Bequest of Dorothy S. Swenson, by exchange, Rogers Fund and funds from various donors, 1978
Accession Number:
Not on view
The organ is housed in a rectangular softwood case with six gilt wood panels set into the four sides. The keyboard has forty-nine keys and there are six stops. The larger ranks of pipes are mounted diagonally within the case and two leather straps are pulled to pump the organ. The instrument has three music racks that fold up from the top of the instrument, one for the keyboard player, and one on either side of the instrument to be used by singers or instrumentalists in the performance of chamber music.
A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 21.

"Notable Acquisitions 1975-1979: Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1979), pg. 45, ill.

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