Logo of Basel Historical Museum
Dunkle AnsichtHelle Ansicht
Musical Instruments


Key data

dated 1696

Giovanni Andrea Menegoni, Venice

Compass 45 keys, C/E c3 with short bass octave

two 8' stops

case and sound board of cypresswood

key facings boxwood (white keys) and ebony (black keys)

outer case in the shape of the instrument covered with leather and painted inside

height (body sides) 19 cm, width 70 cm, length 170 cm; keyboard length (c 62) 49 cm

Inv. 1879.123.


Giovanni Andrea Menegoni is documented in Venice from 1690 to 1715. Only a few instruments by him have survived. The signature is burnt into the board above the keys: IOANNIS ANDREA MENEGONI VENETI MDCXCVI. The instrument is a relatively late example of an Italian harpsichord of the kind usual from the C16, with thin walls and a decorated case shaped around the instrument. To be played it could be either left in the case or taken out and placed on a table. The harpsichord is an illustration of the excellent holdings in the Museum of stringed keyboard instruments of the C17 and C18 (harpsichord, spinet and clavichord).

Selection of similar objects


Basel Historical Museum
Management & administration
Steinenberg 4
PO box
CH – 4001 Basel

Reception: +41 61 205 86 00

Sign up for our newsletter
Logo: FacebookLogo: InstagramLogo: TwitterLogo: YouTube
Logo: Culture inclusive
Open today from 10 AM to 5 PM
Open today from 11 AM to 5 PM
Open today from 11 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday to Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday to Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM
Wednesday to Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM