Positive organ

Though organs are mostly associated with church music the positive organ was a smaller version, most often used in domestic settings in the 16th and 17th centuries. It would be set on a table, and the player would press the keys while an assistant pumped the bellows from the back in order to produce the sound.

This instrument may have belonged to Johann Georg I Duke of Saxony (1585-1656), whose portrait is painted on the instrument. The crest of the organ is decorated with openwork scrolls, known as 'strapwork', a style popular throughout Northern Europe during the Duke's lifetime.