A Prestigious treasure of the National Museum

A rare musical instrument once owned by a Raahe family, the 'Cembal d'amour' is now a prestigious exhibit of the Finnish National Museum.

The only cembal d'amour known to exist in the world at this time was discovered when the National Museum's instruments were inventoried. In 1944, the daughter of Erik Ossian Bergbom-Wuorenheimon, Augustine Therese Wuorenheimo, donated the instrument to the National Museum.

The music player dates back to the 18th century and a corresponding cembal d'amour is not known anywhere in the world. Its value cannot be estimated by the Conservator of the National Museum, Aki Arpos.

Arponen, who has been responsible for conserving and restoring the instrument, confirmed that the origin of the instrument survived in the National Museum and was found during the inventory.

The shape of the player does not match the clavicle or the spinette as previously known. The museum found a loose part which appeared to be a lid of a player and which was also mentioned in the original inventory item list for the player. When the part was reconciled to the player, it was obvious that they belonged together. It was then realised that this is a "Cembal d'amour", for which they previously only had drawings.

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