H.: 212.2 cm (83-1/2 in.) + stand 62.2 cm (24-1/2 in.) = 274.4 cm (108 in.) total height; W.: 95.5 cm (37-5/8 in.) Stand 102 cm (40-1/4 in.); D.: 48 cm (19 in.) Stand 51 cm (20-1/8 in.)
Gift of Helen C. Lanier, 1981
Not on view
Clavicytheria, or upright harpsichords, were made as early as the 15th century, but tall examples such as this date from the late Baroque era. Having 2 sets of doors that conceal the strings, the case appears ungainly when open, but when closed it has a graceful outline embellished by gilded "wings" and stops control 2 sets of strings.
Helen C. Lanier
"Keyboard Instruments." Summer. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1989), Vol. 47, No. 1, pg. 29, ill.
"Notable Acquisitions 1981-1982: Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1982), pg. 34, ill.
Artist: Veit Langenbucher (1587–1631)Date: ca. 1625Medium: Ebony, gliding, brass, silver gilt, gilt brass, iron, various wood and metals, wire, parchment and leatherAccession: 2002.323a–fOn view in:Not on view