The instrument is a copy of the Vaudry instrument now in the Victory and Albert museum in London. The instrument is built by David Rubio in Cambridge (UK) as a copy of the original instrument from the 17th century in France. The original is described in Early Keyboard Instruments in European Museams as follows:
The V&A's 1681 double by Vaudry, the only known instrument by a member of that family ... is a particularly stunning example of a seventeenth-century French harpsichord. The case is extravagantly decorated in red, black, and gold-silver-bronze chinoiserie ... it was at one time part of a claviorganum ...". [© 1997: Edward L. Kottick & George Lucktenberg, p. 241, B&W photo on p. 242].
Copy of a Flemish instrument by Andreas Ruckers (1640)
The original one-manual Ruckers instrument is now in the Yale collection. Dispostion: 8' and 4'with Lute stop. Range: C/E-C3 with short octave. Temperament: Meantone.
Copy of an Italian instrument by Giovanni Giusti (1679)
This copy is after a Giusti instrument in the Tagliavini collection. The single manual instrument is a real inner/outer case. Disposition: 8' 8'. Range: GG-C3. Temperament: Meantone.
Copy of a French instrument after Pascal Taskin (1769)
The original Taskin is now in the Russell collection in Edinburgh. Disposition: 8' 8' and 4' with Lute stop and coupler. Range: FF-F3. Temperament: Bach/Barness. The chinoiserie is from the book of Dagly (Ann MacTaggert).
Builder: David Rubio, Cambridge (UK)