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A George III two-manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman, London, 1760

Auction Closed

July 6, 02:09 PM GMT


40,000 - 60,000 GBP

Lot Details


A George III two-manual harpsichord by Jacob Kirkman

London, 1760

the case veneered with panels of walnut with elmwood crossbanding, the lid with shaped and pierced brass strap hinges, the keywell extensively decorated in marquetry with floral scrollwork, the jack rails similarly decorated, the faciaboard with a central marquetry trophy of musical instruments flanked by angels and eagles, the soundboard with inset giltwood rose, pierce and carved with King David playing the harp flanked by the maker’s initials I. K., the five-octave keyboard, FF to f3 omitting FF♯, with ivory naturals and ebony accidentals, four brass-knobbed hand levers controlling two 8ft. and one 4ft. stops on the lower manual and one 8ft. and 8ft lute stops on the upper manual, on trestle stand, the lower cabriole section with the knees carved with acanthus leaves, on claw and ball feet, inscribed on a boxwood plaque on the baton above the upper keyboard Jacobus Kirckman Londini fecit 1760, repairs to base,

90cm high, 232cm long, 94cm wide; 2ft 91/2 in., 7ft. 6in. 3ft.

This lot contains ivory. Due to recent changes in the laws of many countries (e.g. US, France) Sotheby’s recommends that buyers check with their own government regarding any importation requirements prior to placing a bid. For example, US regulations restrict the import of elephant ivory and prohibit the import of African elephant ivory. Please note that Sotheby’s will not assist buyers with CITES licence applications where a buyer elects to either collect or arrange their own shipping, nor will Sotheby’s assist with the international movement of ivory by air, either as freight or through hand carry. Sotheby’s shipping will only assist in shipping the lot to either domestic UK or EU destinations, where delivery is made by road transport. A buyer’s inability to export or import these lots cannot justify a delay in payment or sale cancellation.
Purchased at Sotheby’s 12 June 1931 by Mrs. Arthur Tritton, Denford Mill, Hungerford;
Professor G. Oldroyd, Croydon, sold at Sotheby’s 18 April 1968 to Mr. M. Ekstein;
Rudolf Nureyev, sold Christie’s, New York 12-13 January 1995, lot 321.;
Pelham Galleries, London, from whom acquired by the present owners.
Recorded by Donald Boalch in Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440-1840 (3rd edition, ed. Charles Mould) p. 430.