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Music: Prelude in C major (BWV 846) by Johann Sebastian Bach, 1722 (performed by Peter Sykes)


Before 1954, Lena Leviseur Steinert (Mrs. Alexander Steinert), likely brought to the United States by her father-in-law, Morris Steinert. It may be the instrument shown standing on its end in a wagon in the photograph titled "Schlafhäuser and his Horses," reproduced in Morris Steinert's autobiography (1900). About 1954, purchased by Arthur Mendel, Princeton, New Jersey; between 1954 and 1959, sold by Arthur Mendel to Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

Credit Line

Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of the George A. Ramlose Foundation


Object Place

Neustadt an der Aisch, Germany


Length 153.4 cm, width 47.9 cm, case height 13.5 cm (Length 60 3/8 in., width 18 7/8 in., case height 5 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones