Exhibtion: The Harp, from Marie Antoinette until TodayThe harp, from Marie-Antoinette to the present day

Treasures from the Camac Collection

The Espace Camac
92 rue Petit – 75019 Paris

Until 30 March 2024, Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm
Metro: Porte de Pantin – Bus: Line 71, Goubet stop
Car parking: Cité de la Musique

Jakez François. Photo: Jean-Marc Volta

With this exhibition of a selection of historic harps from the Camac Collection, I am delighted to share this aspect of my passion for the harp. To rub shoulders with these rare and exceptional instruments connects us with our predecessors who, with the technical possibilities of their time, shared our profession of harp making. Their masterpieces, exhibited here, inspire our respect and admiration.

During your visit, I hope you will feel – as I do – this link with the artisans who, through the ages, show us the path to excellence.

 

Jakez François

President, Camac Harps

Robert Adelson

The Camac Collection, comprising nearly sixty historical harps, was assembled by Jakez François, President of Camac Harps (Mouzeil) over the past thirty years. One of the most diverse private harp collections in the world, it retraces over two centuries of instrument building, from a Nadermann harp similar to those played by Queen Marie-Antoinette, to the Jubilé, the latest creation from Camac Harps to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary.

The instruments selected for this exhibition demonstrate the importance of the harp in the Western world, as well as in Africa and Asia. The presentation at the Espace Camac is divided in four parts: single-action harps, double-action harps, special or unusual harps, Celtic harps and non- European harps.

The exhibition allows the visitor to explore how the harp evolved parallel to decorative arts according to the needs of musicians. Among the exceptional harps of this collection are a large Welsh triple harp, a series of spectacularly decorated harps from the Erard firm, a Pleyel chromatic harp, a German harp in Bauhaus style and the first harp models in the modern revival of Celtic harps in the nineteenth century, one of which is a rare portable harp by the Dublin maker John Egan.

 

Robert Adelson

Curator of the exhibition

“The Harp, from Marie-Antoinette to the Present”


Here you can read about the instruments on display at the current exhbition. If you are looking at a harp at the exhbition, all you need do is scan the QR code on the card by the harp and you will be brought directly to the catalogue.

 

Jean-Henri Naderman (1734-1799) Single-action harp, with hooks (Paris, c. 1780)Jean-Henri Naderman (1734-1799)

Single-action harp, with hooks (Paris, c. 1780)

 

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Attributed to Sébastien Renault (c. 1745-after 1827)
and François Chatelain (c. 1740-after 1797) single action harp with hooks (Paris, c. 1780)Attributed to Sébastien Renault (c. 1745-après 1827) and François Chatelain (c. 1740-après 1797) 

Single-action harp, with hooks (Paris, c. 1780)

 

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Naderman frères (first half of the 19th century)

Single-action harp n° 301, with forked discs (Paris, after 1820)Naderman frères (first half of the 19th century)

Single-action harp n° 301, with forked discs (Paris, after 1820)Naderman frères (first half of the 19th century)

Single-action harp n° 301, with forked discs (Paris, after 1820)

Antoine (c. 1750-c. 1800) or Pierre Challiot (c. 1775-1839)

Single-action harp n° 172, with forked discs (Paris, c. 1825-1830)Antoine (c. 1750-c. 1800) or Pierre Challiot (c. 1775-1839)

Single-action harp n° 172, with forked discs (Paris, c. 1825-1830)

 

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Jacques-Georges Cousineau (1760-1836)

Harp with rotating tuning pins n° 506 (Paris, 1814-1825Jacques-Georges Cousineau (1760-1836)

Harp with rotating tuning pins n° 506 (Paris, 1814-1825)

 

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Erard frères (1788-1831)

 Double-action harp n° 901, Empire model (Paris, 1824)Erard frères (1788-1831)

Double-action harp n° 901, Empire model (Paris, 1824)

 

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Erard et Cie
Double-action harp n° 4393/4170, Empire model (Paris, 1920/1925)Erard et Cie

Double-action harp n° 4393/4170, Empire model (Paris, 1920/1925)

 

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Erard et Cie
Double-action harps: n° 2398, Japanese model (Paris, 1894)Erard et Cie

Double-action harp: n° 2398, Japanese model (Paris, 1894)

 

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Erard et Cie
Double-action harp: n° 2479, Louis XVI model (Paris, 1895)Erard et Cie

Double-action harp: n° 2479, Louis XVI model (Paris, 1895)

 

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Erard et Cie
Harpes à double mouvement : n° 3969, style Empire avec Cupidon (Paris, 1914)Erard et Cie

Double-action harp: n° 3969, Empire model with Cupid (Paris, 1914)

 

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Pleyel et Cie
after a patent by François-Joseph Dizi (1780-1847), Double-action harp (Paris, 1814-1817)Pleyel et Cie after a patent by François-Joseph Dizi (1780-1847),

Double-action harp (Paris, 1814-1817)

 

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Ernst Löffler (1909-1976)

 Double-action harp n° 312, Bauhaus model (Wiesbaden, 1958-1959)Ernst Löffler (1909-1976)

Double-action harp n° 312, Bauhaus model (Wiesbaden, 1958-1959)

 

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Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon et cie,

 Chromatic harp n° 262 (Paris, 1901)Pleyel, Wolff, Lyon et cie,

Chromatic harp n° 262 (Paris, 1901)

 

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Anonyme

 Diatonic harp (Bohemia, 19th century)Anonyme

Diatonic harp (Bohemia, 19th century)

 

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Attributed to Franz Xaver Röhrer (19th century) 
Miniature harp (Munich, c. 1815)Attributed to Franz Xaver Röhrer (19th century) 

Miniature harp (Munich, c. 1815)

 

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Henessy Hughes (19th century),

Welsh triple harp (Llandudno, Wales, 1896)Henessy Hughes (19th century),

Welsh triple harp (Llandudno, Wales, 1896)

 

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John Egan (c. 1814-après 1841) Harpe irlandaise portable (Dublin, 1815-1820)John Egan (c.1814- after 1841)

Portable Irish harp (Dublin, 1815-1820)

 

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Gildas Jaffrennou (1908-2000)
Celtic harp (Arradon, Morbihan, 1977-1993)Gildas Jaffrennou (1908-2000)

Celtic harp (Arradon, Morbihan, 1977-1993)

 

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Melville Clark (1883-1953)
Irish harp n° 1181 (Syracuse, New York, c. 1912)Melville Clark (1883-1953)

Irish harp n° 1181 (Syracuse, New York, c. 1912)

 

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Melville Clark (1883-1953)

 Irish harp ‘junior model’, n° 645 jr (Syracuse, New York, 1920-1930)Melville Clark (1883-1953)

Irish harp ‘junior model’, n° 645 jr (Syracuse, New York, 1920-1930)

 

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Gérard (1948-) et Joël Garnier (1940-2000), 
Bardic harp (Mouzeil, Loire-Atlantique, c. 1972)Gérard (1948-) et Joël Garnier (1940-2000), 
Bardic harp (Mouzeil, Loire-Atlantique, c. 1972)

 

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Anonymous
Anthropomorphic harp (Tanzania, 20th century)Anonymous

Anthropomorphic harp (Tanzania, 20th century)

 

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 Valiha (Madagascar, 20th century)Anonymous

Valiha (Madagascar, 20th century)

 

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Anonymous

Bow harp with 4 strings (Central Africa, 20th century)Anonymous

Bow harp with 4 strings (Central Africa, 20th century)

 

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Bow harp with 5 strings (Central Africa, 20th century)Anonymous

Bow harp with 5 strings (Central Africa, 20th century)

 

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Jakez François and Thomas Hourdain, Camac Harps

Grand-Concert Harp Jubilé (Mouzeil, Loire-Atlantique, c. 2023)Jakez François and Thomas Hourdain, Camac Harps

Grand-Concert Harp Jubilé (Mouzeil, Loire-Atlantique, c. 2023)

 

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