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  • Harp

    about 1700

    Description

    Quadrangular soundbox. Back, sides, and soundboard of maple, with pairs of incised lines along all edges. Soundboard grain oriented vertically. Three pairs of soundholes in soundboard, each composed of circular pattern of smaller holes. Pillar of maple with U-shaped cross section. Neck of pearwood with shallow reeding along top and sides. String pegs in form of L-shaped brays (several modern replacements) of maple. Tuning pins of iron. Exact compass unknown, but possibly GG to c3 (thirty-two strings).

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    Dimensions

    Height 130.8 cm, width 45 cm, depth 20.4 cm (Height 51 1/2 in., width 17 11/16 in., depth 8 1/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, pearwood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1785

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  • Hook harp

    late 18th or early 19th century

    Description

    Quadrangular soundbox. Back, sides, and soundboard of fir (Abies alba). Soundboard grain oriented horizontally. Three pairs of soundholes in soundboard, each composed of circular pattern of smaller holes. Two small feet of iron at rear lower edge of soundbox. Pillar of fir (Abies alba) with circular cross section; carved swags along both sides of top. Neck composed of two laminations of hardwood (possibly walnut). String pegs of wood stained black. Eleven U-shaped hooks of brass, positioned to raise pitch of F, C, f, b, c1, f1, b1, c2, f2, b2, and c3 one half step. Pitch names painted in white on neck by each string. Tuning pins of iron. Compass of BB to a3 (thirty-five strings).

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    Dimensions

    Height 149.8 cm, width 59.7 cm, depth 30 cm (Height 59 in., width 23 1/2 in., depth 11 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Fir, walnut

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1786

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  • Harp (cláirseach)

    1734

    John Kelly (Irish, active 1726–1734 Irish)

    Description

    Quadrangular soundbox (severely distorted from string tension). Sides and soundboard carved from single block of willow. Back of willow with two large circular soundholes, attached to soundbox with trenails. Sides of soundbox incised with scrolling foliage and flowers. Soundboard incised with three pairs of hexafoils. Strip of brass down center of soundboard, perforated for string attachment. Curved pillar of willow in T-shaped cross-section with scalloped edges and incised on front with thistle and tulip. Black, red, and white painted decoration. Pillar surmounted by carved head wearing crown. Neck of willow, with strips of brass along each side, perforated for tuning pins. Four strings attached to tuning pins in pillar. Tuning pins of brass. Exact compass unknown (thirty-seven strings).

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    Dimensions

    Height 167.8 cm, width 78.6 cm, depth 33.4 cm (Height 66 1/16 in., width 30 15/16 in., depth 13 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Willow, brass

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1787

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  • Triple harp (telyn deires)

    about 1750

    John Richard (Welsh, 1711–1789 Welsh)

    Description

    Semi-cylindrical soundbox composed of nine ribs of maple (Acer pseudoplatanus). Soundboard of Eastern white pine (Pinus strobus) with three pairs of circular soundholes and grain oriented vertically. Edges of soundboard trimmed with moldings of wood painted black. Pillar of maple (Acer pseudoplatanus) in oval-shaped cross-section, surmounted by carved scroll. Neck of maple (Acer pesudoplatanus) with fluted cap at soundbox joint. String pegs of wood stained black. Tuning pins of brass. Compass of GG to g3 (ninety-six strings in three rows).

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    Dimensions

    Height 185.4 cm, width 69.9 cm, depth 48.7 cm (Height 73 in., width 27 1/2 in., depth 19 3/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, white pine

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1789

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  • Portable Irish harp

    about 1820

    John Egan (Irish, active about 1804–1841 Irish)

    Description

    Semi-cylindrical soundbox of maple with three pairs of elongated oval soundholes on back. Soundboard of spruce with grain oriented horizontally. Curved pillar and neck of maple. Soundbox, pillar, and neck painted black and decorated with gold-colored stripes, foliage, shamrocks, roses, and thistles. String pegs of ebony. String-guide pins of brass. Blades of brass surrounding each string (except lowest two notes) for raising pitch one half step. Tuning pins of iron. Knobs of brass at bottom of pillar and side of neck for player's strap. Sliding T-shaped bar of brass mounted inside body, extendable to support harp. Compass of AA to e3 (thirty-three strings) or E to b3.

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    Dimensions

    Height 89.9 cm, width 53.1 cm, depth 22.4 cm (Height 35 3/8 in., width 20 7/8 in., depth 8 13/16 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2003.618

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  • Harp (ceirnin)

    probably 19th century

    Description

    Trapeziform soundbox. Sides and back of walnut (?). Sides decorated with flat scrolling foliage. Three oval soundholes in back. Soundboard of softwood with grain oriented horizontally. Curved pillar and neck composed of two laminations of hardwood. Tuning pins of iron. Exact compass unknown (twenty-five strings).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 85.6 cm, width 48.5 cm, depth 20.6 cm (Height 33 11/16 in., width 19 1/8 in., depth 8 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1788

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  • Harp (after 15th-century German type)

    late 19th century

    Description

    Quadrangular soundbox. Back and sides carved from solid block of maple. Soundboard of maple with two pairs of rosettes of ivory. Curved pillar of maple with U-shaped cross section. Neck of maple. Pillar and neck both decorated with three diamond-shaped inlays of contrasting wood. String pegs of hardwood. Tuning pins of iron. Exact compass unknown (twenty-one strings).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 61.8 cm, width 27.5 cm, depth 9.3 cm (Height 24 5/16 in., width 10 13/16 in., depth 3 11/16 in.)

    Medium

    Wood

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1784

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  • Pedal harp

    about 1785

    Godefroi Holtzman (French, active 1780–1794 French)

    Description

    Semi-cylindrical soundbox composed of seven ribs of maple. Soundboard of spruce (Picea) composed of two laminations with grain of outer surface oriented horizontally and grain of inner surface oriented vertically. Three pairs of soundholes in soundboard, each composed of circular pattern of six smaller holes. Soundboard painted with polychrome flowers, foliage, trophies with musical instruments, and bucolic scene. Pedalbox of maple carved with series of palm leaves. Four feet of iron. Carved pillar of maple with acanthus leaves at base, surmounted by large carved scroll, bouquet with ribbons, and acanthus leaves. Neck of maple decorated on both sides with Chinoiserie. All surfaces except soundboard ebonized with gilded highlights. Seven pedals of iron operating crochet mechanism; does not activate highest two strings. String pegs of ebony with dots of ivory. Tuning pins of iron. Compass of GG to b3 (thirty-eight strings).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 156.8 cm, width 75.4 cm, depth 39.3 cm (Height 61 3/4 in., width 29 11/16 in., depth 15 1/2 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    18.30

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  • Pedal harp

    1788

    Jean-Henri Naderman (French, died in 1799 French)

    Description

    Semi-cylindrical soundbox composed of seven ribs of maple. Three diamond-shaped soundholes in center rib. Soundboard of spruce with grain oriented horizontally. Dark/light stringing along center and edges of soundboard. Rectangular inserts of ivory at string holes. Pedalbox of maple carved with acanthus leaves and reeding. Four iron feet. Carved pillar of maple with palm leaves at base, surmounted by large carved scroll decorated with stippling, acanthus leaves, laurel garlands, and foliate designs. Neck of maple. Amber varnish. Seven pedals of iron operating crochet mechanism; does not activate lowest or highest strings. String pegs of ebony. Tuning pins of iron. Compass of GG to b3 (thirty-eight strings).

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    Dimensions

    Height 160.7 cm, width 81 cm, depth 38.4 cm (Height 63 1/4 in., width 31 7/8 in., depth 15 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1974.57

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  • Pedal harp

    about 1830

    Ignace Pleyel & Cie (French, born in 1807 French)

    Description

    Semi-cylindrical soundbox of hardwood veneered with maple. Soundboard composed of two laminations with grain of outer surface (figured hardwood) oriented vertically and grain of inner surface (spruce) oriented horizontally. Soundboard curves onto top of pedalbox. Pedalbox of gilded hardwood with acanthus leaves and scallop shell. Four feet, front two in form of lions' paws. Pillar of maple with stopped fluting and gilded palm fronds at base, surmounted by round gilded capital with classical figures holding palm fronds, alternating with acanthus leaves, and other stylized foliate designs. Neck of maple with water-leaf molding along top of action plates. Soundbox, pillar, and neck outlined with gold stripes. Seven pedals of brass operating double-action fourchette mechanism; eighth pedal operates five swell panels on soundbox. String pegs of ebony with mother-of-pearl dots. Tuning pins of iron. Compass of EE to f3 (forty-four strings).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 168 cm, width 88.8 cm, depth 46.7 cm (Height 66 1/8 in., width 34 15/16 in., depth 18 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    52.973

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  • Pedal harp

    about 1865

    George Freemantle (American, 1804–1889 American)

    Description

    Semi-cylindrical soundbox of hardwood with four rectangular openings in back. Soundboard of spruce, with grain oriented essentially horizontally, but angled slightly upward from proper right to proper left. Pedalbox of hardwood. Four reeded feet of hardwood. Pillar of hardwood, fluted and surmounted by round capital. Floral decorations of molded plaster applied to upper and lower surfaces of column. Neck of hardwood with strap of steel screwed along length of upper edge. Later green, black, and gold paint on all exterior surfaces. Seven pedals of brass operating single-action fourchette mechanism. String pegs of ebony. Tuning pins of iron. Compass of EE to e3 (forty-three strings).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 169.5 cm, width 84.6 cm, depth 40 cm (Height 66 3/4 in., width 33 5/16 in., depth 15 3/4 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2004.247

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  • Pedal harp (Gothic model)

    1895

    Erard and Co. (English, active 1792–1930s English)

    Description

    Semi-cylindrical soundbox of hardwood veneered with bird's-eye maple; five elongated oval soundholes. Soundboard (replaced?) composed of two laminations with grain of outer surface (figured hardwood) oriented vertically and grain of inner surface (spruce) oriented horizontally. Soundboard edged with rosewood and decorated with gold stripes. Circular eyelets of ivory at string holes. Pedalbox of maple, gilded on front half. Four feet, front two in form of winged grotesques of gilded metal. Pillar of maple with gilded wood moldings and gilded bronze roundels and rosettes at lower end. Pillar surmounted by gilded hexagonal capitol with angel musicians and crowned figure holding banner (Virgin Mary?) set in ogival arches, gothic tracery, and acanthus leaves. Baldachin of gilded metal screwed to underside of capitol. Neck of maple with gilded molded edges and incised laurel sprays on back and sides of knee block. Pillar and neck outlined with incised gold stripes. Seven pedals of brass operating double-action fourchette mechanism. String pegs of ebony. Tuning pins of iron. Compass of CC to f3 (forty-six strings).

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 179.2 cm, width 96.6 cm, depth 46.7 cm (Height 70 9/16 in., width 38 1/16 in., depth 18 3/8 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2003.752

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  • Dital harp

    about 1820

    Invented by Edward Light (English, 1747–1832 English)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 86.4 cm, width 35.6 cm (Height 34 in., width 14 in.)

    Medium

    Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    2007.327

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  • Dital harp

    about 1830

    J. Pfeiffer (active 1769–1839)

    Description
    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 91 cm, width 50.5 cm, depth 11 cm (Height 35 13/16 in., width 19 7/8 in., depth 4 5/16 in.)

    Medium

    Walnut, spruce

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    1978.488

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  • Lyre (rotte, after 5th to 7th-century German type)

    late 19th century

    Description

    Shallow box of oak with two extended arms, made of one piece of oak, hollowed at the lower half; thin oaken sound-board. Separate yoke joined with arms and held by oaken pins. Two narrow slits at the junction of the sound-board and arms for affixing the supporting cord which was attached to the arm of the player. Six gut strings, lower-end fastening type, attached to the boss projecting from the body; frontal type fastening of tuning ends; iron tuning pins inserted into the yoke, anterior type. Movable bridge. The original is in the Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde, Berlin.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Height 78.5 cm, width 17.3 cm, depth 2.8 cm (Height 30 7/8 in., width 6 13/16 in., depth 1 1/8 in.)

    Medium

    Oak

    Classification

    Musical instruments, Chordophones

    Accession Number

    17.1767

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