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Octave spinet
  • Octave spinet
    Goble, Robert, born 1903 - died 1991
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Octave spinet

  • Place of origin:

    Oxford (made)

  • Date:

    1950 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goble, Robert, born 1903 - died 1991 (maker)
    Goble, Elizabeth, born 1907 - died 1981 (decorator)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Yew case and spruce soundboard, with yew wrest plank and oak bridge; gilt inscription

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Prof. P. J. Lawther CBE

  • Museum number:

    W.10-1994

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This octave spinet was made in 1950 by Robert Goble (1903-1994), one of Britain's leading harpsichord builders since the late 1940s. Goble was a pupil of Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940), the great pioneer of the early music revival from about 1890, and he established his own business in 1937. Goble called these small instruments 'Octavinas' and fitted them with a range of four octaves. They were inscribed by his wife, Elizabeth (1907-1981), a professional harpsichord player and accomplished calligrapher.

Place of Origin

Oxford (made)

Date

1950 (made)

Artist/maker

Goble, Robert, born 1903 - died 1991 (maker)
Goble, Elizabeth, born 1907 - died 1981 (decorator)

Materials and Techniques

Yew case and spruce soundboard, with yew wrest plank and oak bridge; gilt inscription

Marks and inscriptions

ROBERT GOBLE ANNO MCML
Robert Goble in the year 1950
1) Decoration 2) Signature; Latin; Roman; namboard above the keys; inscribed; gold leaf; Goble, Robert; 1950

Robert Goble. Oxford 1950
1) Signature; Itallic; right-hand corner of the soundboard nearest the keyboard; Inscribed; ink; Goble, Robert; 1950

ROBERT GOBLE 41
Stamp; left-hand corner of the soundboard nearest the keyboard.; Stamped; 1950

Dimensions

Height: 15 cm, Length: 76 cm, Depth: 50 cm

Labels and date

OCTAVE SPINET, English, 1950. Inscribed ROBERT GOBLE ANNO MCML on the nameboard and signed Robert Goble, 1950. on the soundboard. Yew Case, ebony naturals and boxwood accidentals. The keyboard has a range of four octaves, C - c3.

Museum No, W10 - 1994.
Keyboard Catalogue No.: 62.

Robert Goble (1903 - 1994) studied under Arnold Dolmetsch (1858 - 1940) and worked at his Haslemere workshop until 1937 when he established his own business. In 1947, Goble moved from Haslemere, Surrey, to Headington, Oxford and specialised in making keyboard instruments. This octave spinet was inscribed by his wife, Elizabeth Goble (1907 - 1981), a leading performer of earely music and accomplished calligrapher. She was descended from John Chrales Robinson, first Superintendent of Art at the South Kensongton (now Victoria & Albert) Museum. Both Robert and Elizabeth Gole were at the forefront of the Post-War Early Music Revival.

Given to the Museum by Prof. P.J.Lawther, CBE, MB. Dsc, FRCP, FFOM. [pre September 2000]

Materials

Yew; Spruce; Oak; Gold Leaf; Beech

Techniques

Joining; Gilding

Categories

Musical instruments

Production Type

Limited edition

Collection

Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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