Shop sign in the shape of a harp

19th century

Object Place: London, England


46 x 33.5 x 2 cm (18 1/8 x 13 3/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


Musical Instruments



Mute instrument with sixteen ‘strings,’ used as a shop sign. The frame of maple, painted black with gold vine and leaves. Four long strings, each of which is fastened to a hitch-pin and passed over three small pulleys making four shorts strings; four tightening pegs of boxwood.


Stencilled at top of pillar: F. GROSJEAN, / 11 / SOHO SQUARE / LONDON [NB: this is mostly illegible, but the reading is derived from a similar example belonging to Tony Bingham of London]


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