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date: 09 December 2019

Zell [Zelle], Christian locked

  • Alexander Pilipczuk


(b ?1683; bur. Hamburg, April 13, 1763 ). German harpsichord maker. The year of his birth is conjectured from an entry in the register of deaths and burials at the Jacobikirche in Hamburg stating that he was 79½ when he died. According to Krickeberg and Rase he was probably a pupil of Michael Mietke. He is first mentioned in 1722 in the register of citizens of Hamburg. On 1 September that year he married the widow of the instrument maker Carl Conrad(t) Fleischer (1680–1721/2), whose workshop near the old Gänsemarkt opera house he took over. There were three children of the marriage, all with godparents from Hamburg families of musicians. Christian Zell is thought not to have been related to the painter and draughtsman Gottfried Zell, active in Hamburg 1788–90. Three surviving Zell harpsichords are known: one dated 1728, in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg , another, dated ...

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