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This clavichord was made to impress. It is built from the finest and most expensive materials, which were imported from all over the world: ivory, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell and Brazilian rosewood and kingwood. The extravagant decoration includes Chinese motifs known as chinoiserie, an exotic style highly sought after in 18th-century Europe.This instrument is a fine example of a large German clavichord in which each key has its own course of strings. The bass end of the instrument has a 4’ register to give extra power to the lowest notes. The decoration is unusually sumptuous: the exterior is laquered in red, black and gold with chinoiserie; theinterior is decorated with olive-wood and rosewood veneers; and the keyboard is covered with tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, with ivory key arcades. (Raymond Russell Collection).