Olga Kornavitch-Tomlinson
Builder - Craig C. Tomlinson

Virginal Decoration


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Soundboard Decoration Details of the finished instrument.  The Latin text on the lid translates:
"In life I was silent, in death I sing sweetly".  The fallboard translates: "Wine and music gladden the heart"

The complexity of soundboard design and decoration is shown before installation to the Blanchet-French double manual - Olga Kornavitch-Tomlinson
Details of the finished instrument.

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This shows the floral wreath and gilded rose. The soundboard wood is German spruce
handpicked from tone-wood lots in southern Germany and Austria.

 

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Soundboard detail prior to the upper guide being cut - Tomlinson Harpsichords

Soundboard detail prior to the upper guide being cut - Tomlinson Harpsichords
Soundboard detail prior to the upper guide being cut - Tomlinson Harpsichords

 

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When the original papers used on lid and fallboards were no longer available - the traditional designs were
meticulously redrawn on Bavarian limestone, processed and printed at Tomlinson Studio / Gallery
under the supervision of the decorator.


The maker's name on the jack-rail - Tomlinson Harpsichords     Two lids and fallboards receiving the 'ash' papers..
A detail of the 'reverse' seahorse paper on a black background - Tomlinson Harpsichords Here the Caligrapher is hand lettering with india ink.


The maker's name on the jack-rail - Tomlinson Harpsichords    
A detail of the 'reverse' seahorse paper on a black background - Tomlinson Harpsichords The maker's name on the jack-rail.

Detail during printing showing the two styles of 'Seahorse' papers - Tomlinson Harpsichords    Detail during printing showing the two styles of 'Seahorse'
papers. The upper is referred to as the 'reverse' pattern.
The finished text - Tomlinson Harpsichords A detail of the 'reverse' seahorse paper on a black background.
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Here the Caligrapher is hand lettering with india ink - Tomlinson Harpsichords    

Here the Caligrapher is hand lettering with india ink - Tomlinson Harpsichords    

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