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Domenico Cesare Borsari del Buonpetri1643Venice Div. wood, ebony, ivory, blackened horn, mother of pearl, parchment, colours, metal, string and felt 161 x 51 x 17,2 cm

This is the second oldest spinet in existence today. Its triangular base gives the instrument the typical form of a spinet. This type of spinet became popular in the 17th century. This example is lavishly decorated with colourful scroll work and gleaming, silver mother of pearl. The original keyboard is half blackened horn and half ivory. It is probable that this keyboard was inspired by a black and white striped coat of arms. The painting upon the lid depicts the antique myth of Ariadne on the island of Naxos.