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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...

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Inscription

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

Provenance

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

1788

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

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.)

Accession Number

1974.57

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones