Music-making was a common feature in the salons, where reading aloud and discussions on culture and politics were also prevalent. In this room, characterized by art and instruments from the 18th century, one can find an elegant clavichord crafted by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass, a number of so-called dance master violins (pochettes), and two harpsichords. The increased contact with East Asia in the mid-18th century brought about a heightened interest in the Oriental, which, in turn, inspired the embellishment of instruments with Chinese figures and landscapes – known as chinoiserie.