Aeolian harp

late 19th century


Object Place: England

Dimensions

Length 91.1 cm, width 12.3 cm, height 7.3 cm (Length 35 7/8 in., width 4 13/16 in., height 2 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1779

Medium or Technique

Pine

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Long rectangular body of wedge-shaped cross-section, with removable cover, made of pine throughout. Round soundhole (diameter 52 mm) at center of soundboard. Two moveable bridges of ebony. Twelve gut strings fixed to brass? hitchpins at one end, passing over bridges and fastened at opposite end to staggered iron tuning pins with rectangular heads. Cover has four “legs” with brass? pins to locate position on body, and forms wedge-shaped air passage when in place.

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection