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Polygonal Virginal converted to a Tangent Piano

Franciscus Bonafinis
1585 or 1587; converted in 1717
Cypress, ebony, ivory, various materials
Case length: 31.7 cm
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
Not on view
Marking: (on nameboard) Franciscus Bonafinis. MDLXXXV

(on rear of nameboard) factum anno 1587 [and in another hand] Post spacium centum triginita/duo anorum/ . Restauratum a me N:N anno 1717

(also, a scraped-off inscription barely visible under UV)
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Written by, Edited by Charles Mould. "Franz Jakob Spath and the Tangentenflügel, an Eighteenth-Century Tradition." The Galpin Society Journal (2004), vol. LVII, pg. 155.

Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord 1440-1840. Donald H. Boalch and Charles Mould, 1991, Oxford University Press. Oxford, 1995, pg. 250.

The Early Pianoforte. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, Great Britain, 1995, pg. 33-42, fig. 2.1, ill.

Makers of the Piano, 1700-1820. Oxford University Press. Oxford, UK, 1993, pg. 28.

Written by. "The Bonafinis Spinet: An Early Harpsichord Converted into a Tangent Piano." Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (1987), vol. XIII, pg. 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, ill.

Forgotten Instruments: Exhibition Catalogue of the Katonah Gallery. Exhibition catalogue., Katonah, New York, 1981, pg. 27, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 84.

Catalogue of Keyboard Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 0, pg. 33,35, 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. 84.

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