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Explore the Pressler Gallery
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The Pressler Gallery features Musical Treasures from the Age of Louis XIV, including more than 100 superb Austrian, Bohemian, Dutch, English, Flemish, French, German, Irish, Italian, Polish, Spanish, and Swiss instruments from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries.
Instruments featured on the Pressler Gallery stage include a 16th-century Italian harp, a harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers (Antwerp, 1643), a spinet by Charles Haward (London, 1689), an ornately painted Swiss house organ (1786), a Swiss tromba marina (ca. 1750), an elegant harp by Jean Henri Naderman (Paris, 1797), one of the oldest surviving keyboard instruments to be found anywhere—an octave virginal made in Naples (ca. 1520-1540), an octave virginal by Guarracino (Naples, 1694), a spinet by Silbermann (Strasbourg, 1785), a harpsichord by Joseph Kirckman (London, 1798), a grand piano by Matthew and William Stodart (London, 1795), a theorbo by Tielke (Hamburg, 1707), and many more!
The NMM's collection of brass instruments made by 17th- and 18th-century Nürnberg makers, including members of the Ehe, Haas, and Steinmetz families, as well as Paul Hainlein, Johann Carl Kodisch, Michael Nagel, and Paulus Schmidt, are unique outside of Germany, and many examples of trumpets, trombones, and horns by these notable makers can be seen in the Pressler Gallery.
The NMM's holdings of 17th- and 18th-century Dutch woodwind instruments by such makers as Richard Haka, Hendrik Richters, Philip Borkens, Abraham van Aardenberg, Jan Juriaensz van Heerde, and Jan Steenbergen, are unique outside of The Netherlands. Many examples of their work, along with historic instruments by noted French, German, and British makers such as Denner, Naust, Oberlender, Scherer, Hallet, and Grenser, can be seen in the numerous recorders, flutes, clarinets, oboes, and bassoons displayed in the Pressler Gallery.