This double-manual instrument was most probably made in Paris , and is one of the earliest surviving French harpsichords. It shows many Italianate features in its construction, as well as in its brass-scaled stringing throughout. These features combine to give an instrument with character and colour, and with considerable projection – ideal for the works of Chambonnieres, de la Guerre, Louis Couperin and their contemporaries. It is also very successful in small ensembles and continuo.

Also available as a single-manual instrument.


Range GG-AA – d3,
or short and broken octave GG/BB – c3 as original.
Transposing A392-415 or 415-440.
Disposition Double  lower 8′, 4′, optional buff   upper 8′                        shove coupler
Keyboards Ebony naturals with carved trefoil fronts, solid bone accidentals

Solid walnut, or painted and gilded



Double 86” x 32” (218 x 82cm)

Single 81” x 32” (206 x 82cm)


Double – £17500

Single – £12500

Soundboard decoration from £850

Table stand from £2150

Walnut case £950

Anon French 1667 - Louis Couperin 'Allemande in D major'

by Robin Bigwood