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Grecian Harp: M.9-1941

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Current Location: In storage


Grecian Harp


Sebastian Erard




Painted wooden Grecian style harp, with eight brass pedals, leather wrappings, five doors in the sound holes, double action fourchette mechanism on all but the top string, external linkage on lower mechanism, 43 strings E-E, bottom eight strings are wire wound, the rest gut. Brass action plates on each side of the neck. String pegs on all strings; ten are missing. Straight carved column; head of column decorated with gilded plaster in the form of Grecian angels and ferns, gilded ferns at base of column, back feet have gesso scallops and gilded. Griffins (winged dogs?) above front feet which are also scallop shaped (a replacement of the paws), mask and ferns on the front of the pedal box, all gilded. Soundboard unpainted. The rest of the harp is painted brown with gold geometrical highlights.


History note: Bought new from Erard by Miss Goddard, Cliff House, Nr. Marlborough in August 1826. Repaired by Morley/Erard for J. Armstrong, Esq. 23.10.1919. Purchased by Mrs. Chadwick from J.S. Morley in 1937.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs. Norah K. Chadwick

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1941) by Chadwick, Norah, K., Mrs


Production date: AD 1802

Components of the work

To Top Of Column Height 171 cm
Sound Board Width 37 cm
Shoulder To Column Width 77 cm

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: Sebastian Erard/Patent N.3908/18 Great Marlborough Street LONDON
  • Location: On brass action plate by head on left side
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription

Inscription present: label

  • Text: Sebastian Erard/Maker/by special appointment to his MAJESTY and the/ROYAL FAMILY
  • Location: On brass action plate by head on right side
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: No.8/Concert harp
  • Type: Tie-on label

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.9-1941
Primary reference Number: 77348
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 16 July 2015 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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