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Lot 109Thursday 07 Jun, 2018 - 10.00am
A double-manual harpsichord by Mahoon, London, 1738
The walnut cross-banded and chevron inlaid case with engraved brass strap hinges and similarly engraved flap hinges and S-hooks, raised on a walnut stand with four turned legs. The keywell in figured walnut with geometrical inlay work, with a similarly decorated name batten bearing a rectangular boxwood plaque inscribed: Joseph Mahoon London. The five octave keyboards FF/ GG-f3. Ivory naturals and moulded boxwood fronts, with ebony and ivory skunk-tail accidentals. Dated 1738 on the upper keyboard & 1742 on the lower one, also signed: Broom Smith 1738 on a key. A paper label on the underside of the front lid section giving indications of the registration combinations. Two eight-foot stops, one four-foot stop and a harp stop controlled by four brass-knobbed stop levers.
Length 248cm, width 94cm, case height including lid 29.5cm.
Literature: The Colt Clavier Collection Golden Jubilee 1944-1981, p. 7, (3) H103M, ill. p. 5. The Colt Clavier Collection Silver Jubilee 1944-1969, p. 7 H103M, ill. p. 5. D. Boalch, Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord 1440 -1840, 3rd ed., p. 499.
Provenance: Has been on loan to the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, Nuremberg and on display at the Stadtmuseum, Munich.