Adrian Card Decorative Painting

harpsichord painter and historically-based decorative painting


Adrian Card
415 822-4388

While his specialty is historically appropriate decoration of harpsichords, Adrian Card also lends his skills to historically inspired murals, painted furniture and other musical instruments. Through his work on harpsichords he has acquired extensive knowledge on the pigments used in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, and makes his own paints based on recipes from those periods, using only the pigments that were available at that time. He has also worked on the restoration of an important Flemish harpsichord which was built in Antwerp in the 1630s.

He enjoys creating murals and other applied ornament in a historic context, and is adept at creating new designs that look like they date from a particular period — from the ancient world through the 20th century. His clients include professional musicians, orchestras, universities, homeowners and just about anybody else who has an appreciation for applied ornament. More examples of his work can be seen at