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– single-action pedal harp – decorating of musical instruments the varied collection of harps in the holdings of the Czech Museum of Music contains a total of 63 specimens.2 almost three quarters of harps (70%) are the work of makers not yet successfully identified or are folk instruments (especially hook harps) by anonymous makers. Of the harp builders so far identified, the collection represents Czech masters (4) and instrument makers from France (10) and england (1). 1) This work was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic (DKRVO

collection of the Czech Museum of Music document the Czech socio-cultural context in which the harps of the French instrument maker were used from the late nineteenth century until the middle of the twentieth. Key words: Sébastien Erard, harp, Czech Museum of Music instrument collection, pedal harp, single- action pedal harp, double-action pedal harp, musical instrument manufacturers, decorating of musical instruments Introduction The current harp collection at the National Museum – Czech Museum of Music (NM‑ČMH) contains a  total of sixty‑three specimens,1 and the