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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...

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Inscription

Engraved on action plate: HARPES A DOUBLE MOUVEMENT PAR BREVET D'INVENTION / DE F. DIZI / Clle Pleyel & Cie / Facteurs du Roi / Rue Cadet No. 9 / à Paris; stamped inside access hatch and behind action: 97

Provenance

Before 1928, apparently owned by Annie Bigelow Lyons. By 1928, by descent to Mrs. Horatio Appleton Lamb (b. 1857), Boston; by 1952, by descent to her daughters, Miss Aimée (1893-1989) and Miss Rosamond (1898-1989) Lamb, Boston; 1952, gift of the Lamb sisters to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 12, 1952)

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Aimée and Miss Rosamond Lamb

about 1830

Object Place

Paris, France

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.)

Accession Number

52.973

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones