Clavichord (after Christian Gotthelf Hoffman, 1784)

Chickering & Sons, under the direction of Arnold Dolmetsch (American)

Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Length 172.2 cm, width 50.5 cm, case height 15.2 cm (Length 67 13/16 in., width 19 7/8 in., case height 6 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Americas, Musical Instruments




In ink on the hitch-pin plank: Made by Chickering & Sons / under the direction of / Arnold Dolmetsch / Boston USA / MCMVI / no. 7; in ink on nameboard: CHICKERING & SONS BOSTON VSA MCMVI No. 7; in pencil on inside of bottom: No 7; in ink? on side of FF key lever: I. Fuso


Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts; 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