Folding Harpsichord, Rijk van Arkel, 1768

Folding Harpsichord, Rijk van Arkel, 1768

mahogany (wood), h 14.0cm × w 73.0cm × l 99.0cm More details

In Paris, 1699, Jean Marius (?–1720) claimed credit for inventing the folding harpsichord. Such instruments were convenient 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 ones and his beloved grand piano.

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