In the 18th century, about 25 harpsichord builders were active in Amsterdam. These builders often had small productions, so only few harpsichords have survived. The construction method was traditional and usually they had a keyboard size from C to f’’’. The registers are changed by extensions through the cheek. In addition to the two manual harpsichords by Dirk Van der Lugt In the Chris Maene Collection, another manual instrument is kept in Vestfold Fylkesmuseum Tonsberg Norway. Another manual harpsichord from the Berlin museum was lost in the Second World War.  

Technical data:

  • Inscription: Dirk van Der Lugt Amsterdam 1775
  • Compass: two 4,5 octave keyboards (C-f''')
  • Keyboard: naturals in ivory, sharps in ebony
  • Registers: on the lower keyboard: 1x8' and 1x8' peuax de boeuf with dogleg / top keyboard the same 8' peuax de boeuf with dogleg, 1x8', 1x4'
  • Dimensions: L 196 cm / W 86 cm
  • Case: the outher case is light green with gilded decorated panels. The inside is blue with a painting on the lid.
  • Literature: Boalch 3, page 121-493-708
  • Chris Maene Collection number: CM 77 346
  • Condition: unrestored
  • Location: 2 - Museum "Chris Maene Collection" Ruiselede

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