Folding harpsichord, Rijk van Arkel, 1768

Folding harpsichord, Rijk van Arkel, 1768

h 14.0cm × w 73.0cm × l 99.0cm. More details

In Paris, 1699, Jean Marius (?–1720) claimed the invention of the folding harpsichord. Such instruments were useful when travelling. The right-hand part hinges round to meet the middle part; these two then fold round over the long, left-hand part. The famous castrato Farinelli (1705–1782) owned two such harpsichords, as well as five normal harpsichords and his beloved grand piano.

On display in room 0.8-Z6.02

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