Harpsichord by Benoist Stehlin
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.
||Benoist Stehlin, born about 1732, Jettingen, Upper Alsatia; died July 11, 1774
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