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Pedal harp, Georges Cousineau, Paris, c.1775

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1775
Place
Object number
RCM0114
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894

Description

Single-action pedal harp with 34 strings and crochet (hook) action. Grain of soundboard laid crossways; gilded bridge-strip with staples. Four soundholes. Soundboard decorated with painted birds, insects and flowers; scalloped gilded band-edging, also along bridge-strip. Back of seven staves of maple of fine curl; bottom of soundbox closed. Neck and action-cover of ebonised limewood. Acanthus volute crested and embellished. Gilded pillar entwined with carved flowers. Four later gilded claw feet. Seven iron folding pedals, operating 29 crochets. Drilled tuning-pins with tapered square heads and shoulders. Nuts formed of iron pins narrowed to locate strings. Crochets mounted on threaded rods for height adjustment. Secondary nuts formed of individual notched iron inserts lie below the crochets. Tuned in E♭; no action fitted for the two highest and three lowest strings.

Dimensions

Height: 1662mm. Width: 810mm.

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