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