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Ruckers family [Ruckaert, Ruckaerts, Rucqueer, Rueckers, Ruekaerts, Ruijkers, Rukkers, Rycardt]locked

  • Jeannine Lambrechts-Douillez
  •  and G. Grant O’Brien


Flemish family of harpsichord and virginal makers. In the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries their instruments influenced the manufacture of string keyboard instruments throughout western Europe, and during the 20th-century revival of harpsichord making their sound has been highly regarded and emulated.

It seems likely that the family originated in Germany: a merchant named Hans Ruckers, whose name appears in documents in the Antwerp city archives dating from ...

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