Spinet by Baker Harris, London 1770
We offer for sale this fine spinet by Baker Harris, made in London in 1770. This instrument is in remarkably original condition, and has been fully restored in our workshops.
This spinet has a compass of 5 octaves (FF,GG to f3). The case is in mahogany with mahogany cross-banding and boxwood stringing, with original brass strap hinges, hook and lock. The soundboard is in spruce and the bridge and nut are in beech. The keywell is veneered in walnut with rosewood crossbanding and boxwood stringing. The nameboard is in walnut with an inlaid cartouche bearing the inscription "Baker Harris Londini Fecit 1770". The instrument sits on its original trestle stand in mahogany, unusually with an integral cupboard.
This spinet is tuned to A=415. Case dimensions: 1872 × 762mm. Overall height: 832mm.
Baker Harris, who was active between 1740 and 1780, is considered to be one of the finest makers of harpsichords and spinets. Examples of his work can be seen in institutions such as the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Victoria & Albert Museum. This spinet represents a rare opportunity for private ownership of such an instrument.
This spinet is now sold.