Wanda Landowska Harpsichord

    Landowska Harpsichord  sculptured gothic harpsichord.

Painting attributed to Verroccchio, 16th century, inside the lid, probably cut out of its frame and mounted on harpsichord lid (Sunday Times, TV Times, 1.6.75)
Mentioned in Musical America 15.2.55p
Bought at auction,  16th century Italian.  Landowska performed her first recital on this instrument (RDM 4.11.71) in 1912 on this instrument. Renaissance painting on lid.  Delicate wood carving   restored in Paris by 92-year-old, one of the few craftsmen who could be entrusted with this work. Plencrum units damaged in transit and restored by H. Schilling (Opus, July 72)
Mentioned in Wanda Landowska's autobiography as her favourite instrument. (Star, 21.11.72)
Mainly because the owner wanted to see the instrument played on instead of remaining silent in  the glass case of a museum, the owner sold it to Mr Adler. Three special ivory buttons at the side  of the keyboard to enable the registration and tone colour of the harpsichord to be changed. 


  1. It is with great pleasure to see Landowska's beloved Italian instrument safe in South Africa! I am also given to understand that the muselaar from her collection is now in Brussels. As everyone is aware, the Nazis stole Landowska's library and collection of rare instruments and hid them in a salt mine for retrieval after the war. I was fearful that these treasures were destroyed decades ago. Thank you for posting, Dr. Adler.