Pedal harp

Jean-Henri Naderman (French, died in 1799)

Object Place: Paris, France


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.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



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).


Printed label on inside of action cover: JH. NADERMAN / Mtre. Luthier Facteur de Harpe ordinaire du / Service de la Reine. Rue / d'Argenteüil Butte / St. Roch. a Paris ce 17 [handwritten: 1788]; stamped twice on neck: NADERMAN / A PARIS; in ink on inside of action cover and pedalbox and stamped on bottom of soundbox: 61; in pencil on inside of action cover and stamped on bottom of soundbox: 83; stamped on trapwork: 99D


1974, gift of Elliot Gould Fish, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 13, 1974)

Credit Line

Gift of Eli Gould Fish, in honor of his daughter Maude Isabelle McKee Fish