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Pedal harp (Gothic model)

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Semi-cylindrical soundbox of hardwood veneered with bird's-eye maple; five elongated oval soundholes. Soundboard (replaced?) composed of two laminations with grain of outer surface (figured hardwood) oriented vertically and grain of inner surface (spruce) oriented horizontally. Soundboard edged...

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Engraved on action plate: Sebastian and Pierre Erard's Patent No. 6625 / 18 Great Marlborough Street LONDON.; stamped on pedalbox; 6625


1890s, sold by the maker to the parents of Raymah Dowse Gifford (1876-1971), 340 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts; after 1971, by inheritance to her sister, Rosamond Gifford (1910-1997); 2003, gift of the estate of Miss Rosamond Gifford to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 17, 2003)

Credit Line

Gift of the Estate of Miss Rosamond Gifford


Object Place

London, England


Height 179.2 cm, width 96.6 cm, depth 46.7 cm (Height 70 9/16 in., width 38 1/16 in., depth 18 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones