Antique English mahogany clavichord by Fredericus Beck

By Beck, Fredericus (Anglo-German, fl. late 18th Century)

£9,500

This superb Georgian-period mahogany clavichord is by the Anglo-German manufacturer Beck, whose products were celebrated throughout Europe for their exceptional quality.

 

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Description

This fine clavichord (an early type of the modern piano) was manufactured by Fredericus Beck, or Frederick Beck, during the period of George III. Beck was a German instrument maker who moved to London during the middle of the eighteenth century. Beck established a workshop on Broad Street in Soho, and his clavichords were exported to France, German, and Sweden, among other European countries.

The clavichord features a mahogany case with inlaid chequer stringing. The rectangular case opens to reveal the off-centre keyboard and the inner workings of the instrument. The case is supported on four legs connected by the shelf-form stretcher.

A panel above the keyboard is inscribed with ‘Fredericus Beck Londini fecit 1788 / No. 10 Broad Street Soho’ as well as the model number ‘1952’.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Beck, Fredericus (Anglo-German, fl. late 18th Century)
Country of Origin
English
Date of Manufacture
1788
Period
18th Century and Earlier
Style
Georgian
Material
Mahogany
Colour
Brown

Dimensions

Height
81 cm / 31.9 inches
Width
148 cm / 58.3 inches
Depth
52 cm / 20.5 inches

Reference:
10151b

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