Rucker as a Flemish Name


Grant O'Brien, Ruckers: a Harpsichord and Virginal Building Tradition (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990) descibes the Ruckers workshop in the Flemish city of Antwerp as a famous harpsichord atelier, active from active in Antwerp from 1579 to the 1680s.


Links to some pictures of Ruckers harpsichords: Earliest known harpsichord by Andreas Ruckers the Elder, 1607. Harpschord by Johannes Ruckers, 1624. A Ruckers harpsichord from 1640.


Instruments believed to be from the Ruckers workshop appear in a number of paintings by Jan Vermeer, including The Music Lesson.