An 'English' Harpsichord

The seller writes:

This is a new harpsichord within a beautiful authentic English case, possibly by Culliford or Broadwood, and dating from the late 18th or very early 19th century. The case is beautiful and has been sensitively cleaned retaining its original patina. The main section of the baseboard has been removed and reinstated and the front section under the keyboard is new, as is the soundboard, jack rail, jacks, wrestplank, bridge, nut etc. The lid and stand and case brassware are also original. The natural keyplates are faced with recycled ivory in the correct period style.


The work, by Andrew Nolan, was exceptionally well done in an authentic style.


The harpsichord has a compass GG/AA-f3, the low FF# being missing in order to give the impression of a symmetrical keyboard. Both 8 foot registers play well and produce a warm, rich English sound. The instrument is strung in iron and brass and is currently tuned to a=415 although it has previously been tuned to a=440.


The harpsichord can be viewed in Wiltshire and is part of a private collection. £11,995 - offers invited.

Please contact Malcolm Archer


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