Search

Pedal harp, Jacob and James Erat, London, c.1830

DETAILS

Object name
Makers
Date
circa 1830
Object number
RCM0309
Acquisition
from Unknown — 1964

Description

Double-action pedal harp with 43 strings and Erard’s fourchette (fork) action. Imitation of Erard’s Grecian double-action harp (patent of 1810) in simulated satinwood. Soundboard diagonally laid and painted pale yellow with gilded mouldings along sides. Fluted pillar with winged caryatids on capital, and winged figures each side of pillar at base. Back of semicircular section with five swell shutters. Action consists of two rows of 42 fourchettes; adjustable nuts with slots and two set-screws each. Tuned in C♭; compass E♭1 to e♭4. The top note has no mechanism or adjustable nut; the lowest twelve notes have fixed nuts; the lowest eighteen pairs of fourchette discs have exposed linkages on the outer surface of the neck.

Dimensions

Height: 1746mm. Width: 970mm.

Share