Unfretted clavichord anonymous, first half of the 18th century, inv. n. 15.058

The instrument is owned by the regional museum in Děčín, the clavichord is located in the exhibition of the Rumburk museum. The clavichord comes from the estate of music composer August Stradal, one of the last pupils of Ferenc Liszt. Stradal moved from Vienna to Krásná Lípa, where his wife’s family lived.

Dating: approximately the first half of the 18th century, probably Vienna.

Tone range: C- f3 four and a half octaves.

Dimensions: instrument with lid including legs – 148 x 46.5 x 80 cm.

Previous known restoration interventions: not documented, but repairs are evident.

Period of restoration works: 2013 – 2016.

The concept of the restoration: The investor wanted to bring the instrument into playable condition. Therefore, after initial research and consultation, restoration of the instrument started. The instrument was sensitively restored and, despite the extent of its damage, was put into playable condition (it can also be used for concert playing) while preserving its integrity and authenticity – as many of the original components were preserved, leaving patina and traces of use and subsequent modifications. The instrument does not bear the signs of contemporary intervention – restoration, and gives the impression that it has been preserved in this condition and form.


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