CHRISTOPHER HOGWOOD (1941-2014)

Conductor, Musicologist, Keyboard player

Catalogue of the Christopher Hogwood Instrument Collection

This online catalogue contains information on the collection of keyboard instruments
assembled by Christopher Hogwood during his lifetime.

The following abbreviations of references are used below:
Boalch2       Donald H. Boalch, Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440–1840, 2nd edition (Oxford, 1974)
Boalch3       Donald H. Boalch, Makers of the Harpsichord and Clavichord, 1440–1840, 3rd edition, edited by Charles Mould (Oxford, 1995)
Clinkscale    Martha Novak Clinkscale, Makes of the Piano, 1700–1820 (Oxford, 1993)



Harpsichords

 

Maker

Anonymous

Manufactured

Italian, 17th century

Description

A Florentine instrument from the second half of the 17th century in cypress wood in an outer painted case of poplar.

Inscription

Francesca da Picinani on the inner surface of the front flap of the lid in ink, but the sixth and eight letters of the surname have been overwritten so it could also have read Picinini or Picinina.

Specification

2 x 8' strung in brass. Both registers can be operated by handles on the bass ends protruding from the spine side and accessible through an opening in the outer-case.

Pitch

A=415

Compass

GG–d3

References

Boalch3 number: PICINANI, F. D. n.d.(1)
Boalch2 number: 1

Restoration

1984 Christopher Nobbs
1988 Christopher Nobbs (music desk in rosewood and boxwood)

Ownership

Christopher Nobbs, London.

 
 

Maker

Jacob Kirckman

Manufactured

London, 1766

Description

Single manual English harpsichord with cross-banded mahogany casework on trestle stand with pedal for 'machine' stop.

Inscriptions

Jacobus Kirckman Londini Fecit 1766 on name batten over keyboard, and IK on rose in soundboard.

Specification

2 x 8', 4' and buff, operated by four untypical 'draw' stops (an early modification): LH: buff, 4'; RH: front 8', back 8'. Simple 'machine' stop pedal takes off front 8' and 4'.

Pitch

A=415

Compass

FF-f3

References

Boalch3 number: KIRCKMAN, J. 1766(4)
Boalch2 number: 32a.

Restoration

c1950 Alec Hodsdon, Lavenham
1976-78 Derek Adlam
1991 MacKinnon & Waitzman

Ownership

David Ponsford, Cirencester, England.

 
 

Maker

Thomas Culliford for Longman & Broderip

Manufactured

London, 1782

Description

Single-manual English harpsichord in mahogany case on trestle stand with two pedals operating 'machine' stop and lid swell.

Inscriptions

Longman and Broderip Musical Instrument Makers / 26 Cheapside London on name batten, and Thos. Culliford, Maker, 3 Fountain Court, Cheapside, London, February 1782 on back of name batten. S. Denton / Neetwood / Manchester / Sep 27th 1884 in pencil on bottom boards (removed during 1978 restoration).

Specification

2 x 8', 4', lute and buff. Stop levers labelled, L to R: Harp, lute, octave, / Mute [dummy], 2nd Unison, 1st Unison. On LH cheek knob labelled Pedal for machine mechanism. RH pedal operates unusual swell shutter formed by secondary inner 'lid'.

Pitch

A=430

Compass

GG, FF-f3

References

Boalch3 number: LONGMAN and BRODERIP. 1782(2)
Boalch2 number: 4b

Kenneth Mobbs and Alexander Mackenzie of Ord, 'The "Machine Stop" and its Potential …', Galpin Society Journal, XLVII (March 1994).

Only two other single-manual instruments made by Culliford with both 'machine' stop and lid swell are known, one found in The Mobbs Keyboard Collection.

Thomas Culliford’s daughter Mary married Charles Barrow, who afterwards became Culliford’s business partner, and their daughter Elizabeth was the mother of Charles Dickens (who is therefore the harpsichord maker’s great-grandson).

Restoration

1884 S. Denton, Neetwood, Manchester
1926 Alec Hodsdon, Lavenham
1978 Clayson & Garrett

Ownership

Private collection, Germany.

 
 

 
 

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