Mid 19th Century T. Dodd & Sons London Harp For Sale
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Mid 19th Century T. Dodd & Sons London Harp

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Presenting a gorgeous Mid-19th century harp by Thomas Dodd & Sons of 3 Berners Street, London from circa 1840-1850. Stunning neoclassical gilt mounts and inlay to head and base. Made of satinwood with gilt stringing. Solid brass to the stringing plate. Fully marked an engraved for the maker on the brass plate : “T. Dodd & Sons, Patent Harp, 3 Berners Street, London, No. 530.” Also marked on the front as “ Sold by J. George Morley, Harp Maker from Erards, 6 Sussex Place, South Kensington, London“. Our’s is in beautiful original condition and has the most glorious neoclassical stenciling and inlay work with stringing that elevates it to a different level. Also, ours is a much older example from the Mid-19th century. Kindly note that this harp is not being sold as a fully functional musical instrument but as a highly decorative and historical treasure! We have had it examined by a professional harp restorer who has informed us that due to it’s age it is not suitable for use as a proper musical instrument. He is of the opinion that the strain on the motherboard by re-stringing and tightening the strings to a ‘playable’ condition would be too much for the ancient wood to bear. We have, however, gotten it restrung so that it appears complete and makes some musical sound….. but we did not do anything that would adversely affect the structural integrity of the piece. The expert also agrees on our dating of the piece.

Details

  • Creator
    Thomas Dodd (Maker)
  • Of the Period
    Neoclassical Revival
  • Place of Origin
  • Condition
    Fair
  • Condition Details
    A repair to part of the wooden support (a small filled hole). One or two pieces of the carved giltwork is missing on the base.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 66.2 in. x W 34 in. x D 22 in.H 168.15 cm x W 86.36 cm x D 55.88 cm
  • Seller Location
    Dallas, TX
  • Reference Number
    LU3978113370521
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