Y A GEORGE I WALNUT BENTSIDE SPINET
ATTRIBUTED TO THOMAS BARTON, BISHOPSGATE, LONDON, CIRCA 1724
Signed and dated name batten inscribed in ink 'Thomas Barton London Fecit 1724' , the casework veneered walnut, the lid solid with shaped brass strap hinges, the five octave keyboard, GG to g3, with ebony naturals and ivory accidentals in the French manner, on beech trestle stand, possibly original, with cabriole legs
81.5cms high overall, 184.5cm wide, 72cms deep, the case 19cms high
Provenance: Property from the Phillip Lucas Collection, Spitalfields House
Thomas Barton (1685 to 1735), harpsichord and spinet maker, was apprenticed to Stephan Keene between 1699 - 1706. He set up his workshop at The Crown, near the South Seas House, Bishopsgate Street, London in 1706, close to the locality of Spitalfields. Only a few spinets have survived and one harpsichord made in 1709.
A similar example can be seen in The National Museum of American History.
Previously sold: Christies, London, 24 October 2006.
Please note: Dreweatts have applied for a de minimis exemption licence for the ivory in this lot (Ref: 84LQBTUY)
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Wear, marks, knocks and scratches as per age, handling, use, and cleaning. Some edge wear and losses-notably to lid- some burn(?) marks to inside of lid.
Recorded in Boalch-Mould Online under Barton (BMO-69) and detailed accordingly:
On loan to the National Trust, Blickling Hall, UK/England/Norfolk from the Bowden-Smith family.
1984 Restored by Paul Neville.
1995 Returned to the Bowden-Smith family.
2006-10-24- Christies, London.
Phillip Lucas Collection, Spitalfields House.
Evidence of restoration most visible to moved hinges and lid lock plate, later pins to board above keys- small fillets inset to soundboard and also to underside. The whole probably cleaned at the same time, Some rubbing and small shaving of wood around lid division point- the split lid is unusual and may be a later adaption.
Comparison with the Barton piano in the National Museum of American shows very similar filigree hinge design, and internal layout when seen from above. Name batten on this example has inscription which is later- either strengthened or replaced. The batten itself seems to be fixed in place. Evidence of moth to baize within the jack rail. Keys with spilt dirt. Less than 30% of keys produce a noise form strings.
Will require remedial work before play and display in domestic interior.
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