Maker: Girolamo Zenti (Viterbo 1609-11?–1666/7 Paris)

Date: 1666

Geography: Rome, Italy

Culture: Italian

Medium: Cypress, boxwood, ebony, brass, leather

Dimensions: Inner instrument: L. 236.3 cm (93 1/16 in.), W. 84.5 cm (33 1/4 in.), D. 19.6 cm (7 11/16 in.); 3-octave span 49.9 cm (19 5/8 in.)
Sounding lengths (longer of pair, close plucking point):
AA 188.2 (9.9)
c2 28.9 (4.6)
f3 9.9 (2.2 )
estimated original c2 was 29 cm

Classification: Chordophone-Zither-plucked-harpsichord

Credit Line: The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889

Accession Number: 89.4.1220


This large cypress instrument has two sets of unison strings, and, like most Italian harpsichords, can be removed from its outer painted case. An inscription explains that the instrument was restored in 1755 by Giovanni Ferrini, who replaced Bartolomeo Cristofori as Medici court harpsichord maker. Ferrini extended the range of its keyboard to the present GG–c'''. This harpsichord is one of only two that can be firmly attributed to Zenti.