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Pedal harp, Johann Andreas Stumpff, London, c. 1837

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1837
Place
Object number
RCM0373
Acquisition
Gift of Dr Frederick Wood, 1978.

Description

Double-action pedal harp with 44 strings and Erard’s fourchette (fork) action. Soundboard cross-grained. Rest of the instrument painted to simulate satinwood and with ornament in imitation of Erard’s Grecian harps. Back of semicircular section built of laminations of limewood. Fluted pillar has a capital with three winged caryatids, above them gryphons supporting lyres. Action, controlled by seven brass pedals with two positions, consists of two rows of fourchettes, one row of 43, the other of 42; the top string has no action and no adjustable nut; the string below has only one fourchette disc operated by the first position of the pedal. The adjustable nuts are on double-slotted brass plates with two set-screws each. The lowest ten strings have fixed nut pins. Tuning pins are square-headed. Tuned in C♭; lowest note E♭1.

Dimensions

Height: 1742mm. Width: 1009mm.

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