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Single-Action Pedal Harp

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Godefroy Holtzmann (ca. 1736-1789)1775ParisDiv. woods, ivory, tortoise shell, oil paint, bronze, brass, iron, steel, steel wire and dark yellow stain 156 x 65 x 18 cm

This harp, built by the harp maker Godefroy Holtzmann in Paris, is a typical example of an ornate salon harp. This type of harp was fashionable with the French high-aristocratic society of the late 18th century. Carved vines and decorative scroll-like embellishments adorn this instrument. The soundboard is painted with flowers and the allegories of music and painting. This artistic theme makes the harp a real symbol for music.