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late 17th century
Wood, paint, various materials
Height: 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm) Width (With moldings): 91 in. (231.2 cm) Depth (With moldings): 32 1/16 in. (81.5 cm)
Chordophone-Zither-plucked-harpsichord, Paintings
Credit Line:
Gift of Susan Dwight Bliss, 1945
Accession Number:
Not on view
This harpsichord has three sets of unison strings, one of which is plucked at a point very close to the nut, producing a brighter timbre than the others. The mermaid holding one of the supporting columns is a device of the Colonna family. The painting inside the lid is a landscape that includes a hunter and his dog. On the lid above the keywell is a scene depicting Tobias and the angel Raphael. The conventionalized foliage and the aerial perspective are associated with the work of Gaspard Dughet, brother-in-law of Nicolas Poussin, who painted chiefly in Rome.
Marking: Marked (on interior): Restored to playing condition for Miss S. D. Bliss in August & September Nineteen Forty. By Ernst Schlesinger & Fred J. Markert New York City N. Y.
Colonna ; Stanford White ; David Belasco ; Mrs. George Theodore Bliss ; Susan Dwight Bliss
"Keyboard Instruments." Summer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1989), Vol. 47, No. 1, pg. 22-23, ill.

Musical Instruments of the Western World. McGraw Hill Book Company. New York, Toronto, 1967, pg. 154-155, fig. 55, ill.

Keyboard Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: A Picture Book. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1961, pg. 2, ill.

"Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin - June 1950." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1950), pg. 307, ill.

"Additions to the Collection of Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1946), vol. IV, no.10, pg. 255,256, ill.

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