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CARL FUDGE HARPSICHORD, Two-Manual, Opus 21, 1974
with Chinoisserie paint decorated case by Sheridan Germann marked and dated Carl Fudge Fecit, 1974; height: 36 in.; length: 90 in.; width: 37 in.

Other Notes: Sold to benefit the funds for the acquisition of paintings and sculpture at the Boston Athen?um

This instrument was made for the musician Carl Fudge for the musician Ariel W. P. Hall. Fudge was a master craftsman of fine reproductions of historical keyboard instruments such as clavichords, virginals, and harpsichords. His shop was in Winchester, Massachusetts.
According to Fudge's own description of the instrument, the Athen?um's harpsichord is a slightly enlarged copy of one made in the 1620s by Jan Ruckers II and that, as of 1988, was in the collection of Yale University Art Gallery. The Athen?um's copy is predominantly black and red with gold-leafed bands and moldings. It has a French polish finish and a French stand with gold-leafed carved legs. The case decorations are by Sheridan Germann, Boston, and are copied after those on a harpsichord in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
Ariel Hall (1906-1989), for whom this instrument was made and who gave it to the Athen?um, was a renowned concert harpist. She was married to Frederick Garrison Hall Jr., whose father, Frederick Sr. (1879-1946), was an artist. (The Athen?um owns one of Frederick Hall Sr.'s paintings: The Cello Player, 1913). Ariel Hall herself was an amateur painter; the Athen?um owns her portrait of the American actress Eva Le Gallienne (1951).


  • Condition: exterior and interior appear to be in very good condition;


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