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When Johann Adolph Hass produced this harpsichord in the 18th century it was covered in hand-painted decoration, just like the other beautiful instruments for which his family was known. Hass’s original embellishments were hidden behind wood veneer in the 1930s. We’re not sure why. Perhaps the owner wanted to conceal some damage, or craft a modern look.This is one of about seven surviving harpsichords made by the Hass family who also made organs and clavichords. The veneer on the exterior of the case and the fluted legs is modern, but most of the interior is original. It is believed, according to a former owner, to have been played by Mozart. (Raymond Russell Collection).