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Laurentium Hauslaib

Nürnberg, Germany
Wood and various materials
Length parallel to keyboard 66.1 cm, Width perpendicular to keyboard 28.1 cm, D. 9.5 cm, 3-octave span 49.3 cm; Sounding lengths (plucking points): c/e 58.5 (6.6) cm c2 30.4 (6.5) cm a3 8.9 (3.9) cm
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
  • Description

    This tiny instrument incorporates an organ and a virginal built into an ebony tabletop chest of drawers. The lower keyboard manual is for the organ, and levers at the left of the keyboard serve as stops. A pair of bellows is concealed beneath the top of the chest; two ranks of flue pipes and a regal (reed) stop are arranged behind the drawers in the back. The upper keyboard belongs to a removable octave virginal. The instrument is tuned to approximately A=445. Above the keyboards is a small door with a lock and two carved columns flanking a brass relief panel depicting the Deposition from the Cross. The instrument was constructed by Laurentium Hauslaib during the time that he served at the court of Frederick IV, elector of the Palatinate, and was probably intended for domestic use.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: (inscription on jackrail) D G Quid posibile apud Laurentium Hauslaib Noribergensem 1598

  • References

    Written by, Edited by Thomas MacCracken. "German Square Pianos with Prellmechanik in Major American Museum Collections: Distinguishing Characteristics of Regional Schools in the Late Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries." Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (1998), vol. XXIV, pg. 48–49.

    "Keyboard Instruments." Summer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1989), Vol. 47, No. 1, pg. 51, ill.

    "Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 41, ill.

    Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 197, ill.

    Catalogue of Keyboard Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1903, pg. 219,221,223,225, ill.

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