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French Louis XVI Carved Gilt & Vernis Martin Harp by Jean-Henri Naderman, Paris

$48,750

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A very fine French Louis XVI period carved, gilt and hand painted wooden Harp by Jean-Henri Naderman (Swiss, 1735-1799). The ornately carved body with acanthus leaves and painted with flowers, ribbons, musical trophies and pastoral scenes as well as Chinoiserie figures. Stamped: N. Naderman - A Paris, circa 1780 Measures: Height 64 1/2 inches (163.8 cm) Width 26 inches (66.1 cm) Depth 35 inches (88.9 cm) Jean-Henri Naderman - (also spelt 'Nadermann') was born in Fribourg , Switzerland, in 1735 and died in Paris in 1799. He was one of the leading harp-makers in Paris in the 18th century, and also a music publisher. In 1778 he was appointed facteur de l' harpe ordinaire or harp maker in ordinary, to Queen Marie-Antoinette of France (1755-1793). The queen played the harp and helped make it highly fashionable in the salons in Paris, which would help explain why there were as many as fifty-eight teachers of the harp in Paris by 1784. In such surroundings, lavishly decorated examples like this one would have been highly appropriate and desirable. This instrument is fitted with crochettes, right-angled hooks, which were operated by foot-pedals and raised the pitch of each string by one semi-tone, a popular device during this period. He had two sons, François Joseph Naderman, renowned harpist, and Henri Naderman, harp maker. Life Jean-Henri Naderman was baptised (and presumably born) in Lichtenau in the archdiocese of Paderborn, but emigrated to France around 1756 where he began working as a harp manufacturer. Later in 1777 he was licensed to work as a music publisher. He rose to fame when he was commissioned to create and perfect the harps of Queen Marie-Antoinette on her arrival in France, together with the Czech composer and harpist Jean-Baptiste Krumpholtz. The Naderman single-pedal harp is supposed to have been modelled after the successful eighteenth-century Bavarian single-action mechanism pedal harp, whose manufacture, although claimed by several other harp makers including Jean Paul Vetter of Nuremberg and Johann Hausen of Weimar, is often attributed to Jacob Hochbrucker. Today, six harps of this specific model have been located. Jean-Henri Naderman died in Paris. References: Droysen-Reber, Doris: "Naderman Familie", in: Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart (MGG), supplement volume (Kassel: Bärenreiter, 2008 edtion), cc. 597 - 8. Wenonah Milton, Govea (1995). Nineteenth- and twentieth-century harpists: a bio-critical sourcebook. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 207. Wolf, Beat. "Pedal Harp Jakob Hochbrucker, Donauworth, 1728" (PDF). Institut de recherche sur le patrimoine musical en France. "Écoles et traditions régionales (2e partie)". Ornately Decorated Harp by Naderman, 1797 on the National Music Museum - University of South Dakota. Museums Met Museum, New York, USA - Pedal harp by Jean-Henri Naderman The Pressler Gallery - National Music Museum, The University of South Dakota An Ornately Decorated Harp by Naderman, 1797 Victorian and Albert Museum, London, UK Pedal Harp by Jean-Henri Nederman, circa 1785.

Details

  • Creator
    Naderman, Paris (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 64.50 in. (163.83 cm)Width: 26 in. (66.04 cm)Depth: 35 in. (88.9 cm)
  • Style
    Louis XVI (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1780
  • Condition
    Repaired: The case in current very good restored condition, strings appear to have recently restrung. We are not musical dealers or experts, so we can not guarantee the accuracy of the playing or tuning. We are mainly offering this harp as a decorative item. Refinished. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading. A truly beautiful and very decorative harp. Please view all images for an accurate condition report. This harp is being offered as a decorative item. Though appears to be in good working condition, we have not had the mechanism checked. Offered AS IS.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: Ref.: A2423 1stDibs: LU1796220536112

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