Art/ Collection/ Art Object


mid-18th century
probably German
Wood, various materials
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.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Helen C. Lanier, 1981
Accession Number:
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.

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