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A Louis XVI harp by Jean-Henri Naderman

Height: 168 cm
Width at the base: 40 cm
Width at top: 95 cm

A Louis XVI harp by Jean-Henri Naderman

Height: 168 cm
Width at the base: 40 cm
Width at top: 95 cm

A Louis XVI harp by Jean-Henri Naderman

Height: 168 cm
Width at the base: 40 cm
Width at top: 95 cm

Descriptive

In maple and sycamore richly carved. The stock, decorated with a bouquet of flowers and draperies, ends in a scroll of acanthus. The fluted pillar is carved with foliage at its base. The soundboard is decorated with delicate paintings: garlands of flowers held by ribbons, trophies of musical and military attributes surmounting a charming landscape animated by a walker heading towards a farm by a river.

Stamped Naderman in Paris.

Dated 1793.

The label (placed inside the instrument) bears the following text:

“JH NADERMAN Master luthier Ordinary harp maker in the service of the Queen Rue d’Argenteuil Butte St Roch in Paris” 1793

Jean-Henri Naderman was the most famous harp maker in Paris, and made harps for Marie-Antoinette. Our harp is dated to the year of the Queen’s death. It should be noted that Naderman, faithful to his prestigious client, continued to use his court supplier labels during the revolutionary period…