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Mid 19th Century T. Dodd & Sons London Harp
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.
- CreatorThomas Dodd (Maker)
- Of the PeriodNeoclassical Revival
- Place of Origin
- Date of Manufacture1840-1850
- Materials and Techniques
- Condition DetailsA repair to part of the wooden support (a small filled hole). One or two pieces of the carved giltwork is missing on the base.
- WearWear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
- DimensionsH 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 LocationDallas, TX
- Reference NumberLU3978113370521
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