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date: 22 November 2019

Bull, Joannes Petrus locked

  • Jeannine Lambrechts-Douillez

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(b Erckrath, Dusseldorf, April 1723; d Antwerp, March 9, 1804). Flemish harpsichord maker of German origin. His name is given in some sources as Pierre Bohll, faiseur de claversimbels and carpenter. He arrived in Antwerp in 1745, probably attracted by the fact that instrument makers, among them J.D. Dulcken, also originally German, had been given official encouragement there; according to Burney, Dulcken was Bull’s teacher. Bull’s name does not occur in the ledgers of the Guild of St Luke but it is known that he rented a house in 1795 in the Kloosterstraat. Four of his instruments survive: two in B.B.mim (1776 and 1778), one in a private collection, Boston (1778); and one at B.A.mv (1779). They have a five-octave range, one or two manuals, three stops (8′, 8′, 4′) and knee levers activating a dogleg jack and a buff stop; a typical feature of his instruments is the rounded tail, in contrast to those of J.D. Dulcken and J. Van den Elsche. (D. Boalch: ...

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