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Pedal harp, Sébastian Érard, London, 1800

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
1800
Place
Object number
RCM0298
Acquisition
Presented by Lady Anne Rhys, 1949.

Description

Single-action pedal harp with 42 strings and Érard’s fourchette action. Soundboard cross-grained, decorated in neo-classical style; edges and bridge-strip gilded. Back of semicircular section ebonised, with five hinged swell shutters. Pillar ebonised with fluting gilded. Capital with three ram’s heads linked by garlands, with swags above. Neck ebonised, with gilded edge mouldings. Action consists of 39 fourchettes operated by seven pedals; the eighth pedal controls swell shutters in the back. Sliding adjustable nuts fixed by two set-screws each. Tuned in E♭; the top three notes have no action and fixed nuts. Square-topped tuning-pins, with shoulders; the end of each string held in a slot instead of a drilled hole.

Dimensions

Height: 1662mm. Width: 810mm.

Associations

owned by Rhys, Anne (Lady)

owned by Glen, (Lilian) Maud, Duchess of Wellington

owned by Walrond, Lionel

owned by Walrond, Charlotte Margaret

owned by Coats, George (1st Baron Glentanar)

Maitland, Mrs

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