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View of the keys and strings of the Stehlin harpsichord

View of the Stehlin harpsichord

Harpsichord by Benoist Stehlin
1760

One of two surviving instruments
This instrument was made by Benoist Stehlin of Paris, in the mid-1700s, the golden era of French harpsichord manufacture. Austrian-born Stehlin lived in relative obscurity, devoting his life to the building of harpsichords. Only two of his instruments have survived. This is one of them. (The maker's initials are cast into the soundboard rose, separated by an angel playing a harp.) The other is at the Musé Antoine Lecuyer in St. Quentin, France.

Notes
Benoist Stehlin, born about 1732, Jettingen, Upper Alsatia; died July 11, 1774
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· The Harpsichord
· Benoist Stehlin
· "In Praise of Pianos and the Artists Who Play Them" by Rudolph Chelminski, "Smithsonian" magazine, March 2000

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