Double-manual harpsichord

Instrument

Harpsichord

Instrument Family

Keyboard

Maker

Andreas Ruckers the elder

Place Made

Antwerp; Europe; Belgium; Central Europe

Date Made

1608

Description

Technical description: Double-manual Flemish harpsichord. Compass 51|notes G₁/B₁ - C₆,D₆ [GG/BB - c''',d''']. Three sets of strings (now removed) 2 × 8-ft, 1 × 4-ft, 4 registers. Repair History: Originally a transposing instrument with two keyboards at different pitches. Altered c|1680 to bring the keyboards into line, extra 8-ft register added. Converted to a pianoforte in the 18th century, upper keyboard removed. Returned to a harpsichord in 1928 by Alec Hodsdon. Restored in 1953 by Andre Douglas with new keyboards and jacks, the original lower keyboard being preserved separately. The name batten is not original.

Notes

sheila barnes, 2007.

Measurements

2227.

Provenance

Bought by Raymond Russell in 1952 from Miss D.L. Smith, Wickhambrook, Suffolk; owned by Sir Arthur Wheeler, Brownsea Island in 1927; ex- Charles van Raalte collection.; Gift of Mrs Gilbert Russell, 1964.

Collection

MIMEd; Raymond Russell Collection

Accession Number

4303