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Pedal-harp
  • CollectionCollection Musical Instruments
  • Inventory number4200
  • Object nameHarp
  • ClassificationMusical instruments > Chordophones > Composite chordophones > Harps > Frame harps > Frame harps with tuning action > Frame harps with pedal action
  • TitlePedal-harp
  • CreatorHurtz, Jean-Guillaume
  • GeographyPlace of production: Paris (Europe > Western Europe > France > Île-de-France (region) > Paris (department))
  • Date1802 / 1806
  • MaterialRosewood (Dalbergia sp.) (Vegetal > Wood (vegetal material) > Hardwood)
    Mother-of-pearl (Animal > Shell)
    Metal
    Norway spruce (Vegetal > Wood (vegetal material) > Softwood)
    Gut (Animal > Intestine)
  • DimensionsHeight: 170 cm, Width: 42 cm, Depth: 75 cm
  • DepositoryMusée des Instruments de Musique / Muziekinstrumentenmuseum
  • OwnerMusées royaux d'art et d'histoire/Koninklijke Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis
  • Order photographs
Description

39 strings. Hook mechanism, 8 pedals including one for the swell shutters. Sound board made with five wooden ribs. Sound box with five rectangular opening at the back.
Compass: D' to g''''

Inscription painted at the top of the table: “Hu..z …teur de harpes / Rue du ..cq n°143. A paris”
In ink on the inside of the panel hiding the action in the neck: “n°112”

Decorations: the sound bow and the neck are painted in black. The neck is lined with gold, and has paintings of flower bouquets in several places. The panel hiding the mechanism on the neck has three glazed openings. Two palms friezes surround the capital, with three olive-tree crown and flowers, and a low relief frieze on top. The capital is topped with a large flower laying on top. The pillar, of square base, is fluted in black and gold with decorations of golden palms. The pedal box is fluted at the front, and on top are golden branches and flowers. The sound board is lined with ivory (some of it is missing). The bridge rail is painted in gold and ends in a spike at the top of the sound board. The feet are in the shape of eagle’s claws shaped.

Apprentice of the harp maker Holtzman, Hurtz was already described as a harp maker in the 1790’s in Paris. Between 1802 and 1805 his workshop was on the rue du Bac in Paris, which allows us to date this harp to that time. After that he seems to have moved to the rue Beauregard, before moving again rue du Roi-de-Sicile. In the almanacs, he is successively presented as an organ builder, a harp maker, a piano maker, and even a grocer for some time.