The exterior of
these instruments is hand painted a dark color, divided into panels by 23-karat
gold leaf bands. A lighter color can be used for these panels if desired. A
gilded molding of 23-karat gold runs around the inner edge of the case and
across the outer edges of both the nameboard and the
In the French
models, the interior area around the keyboards and above the soundboard is
pointed a similar or contrasting color as is the interior of the lid. A 23-karat
gold leaf band outlines the lid interior.
Franco-Flemish and Flemish instruments, the interior area around the keyboard
and above the soundboard is lined with printed papers using traditional designs.
The interior of the lid is either painted and outlined with gold leaf bands, or
covered with Flemish style wood-grained printed papers on which Latin mottoes
can be hand lettered.
of these instruments can be painted in tempera, the designs including flowers,
birds and butterflies bordered by arabesques.
are set on turned trestle stands or period style stands. For the Franco-Flemish
and Flemish instruments, these stands are made with eleven or twelve baluster
turnings. The French models can be set on either Louis XVI style stands with
turned and fluted legs, or Louis XIV style stands with cabriole
harpsichords from our shop bear the maker's mark; an initialed rose, cast in
pewter and gilded with 23-karat gold leaf. This rose has the figure of Apollo
playing the cithara; an allegoric symbol having its origin on a Greek amphora
dated 400 B.C.