Harpsichord

probably 1736
Henri Hemsch (French (born in Germany), 1700–1769)


Object Place: Paris, France

Dimensions

Length 238 cm, width 89 cm, case height 28.3 cm, height 92.5 cm (Length 93 11/16 in., width 35 1/16 in., case height 11 1/8 in., height 36 7/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.747

Medium or Technique

Poplar

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Inscription

Signed around rose: HENRY HEMSCH; 17[?]6 on soundboard near tail the third digit had been altered to read "0" at some time previous to the instrument's arrival at the MFA.

Provenance

About 1887/8, sold by unidentified dealer to Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts, possibly during an extended honeymoon in Europe; by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

Credit Line

The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland