I had a fun gig recently. I got a call from a set designer for Columbia pictures, and she needed an antique harp. Seems Columbia is making a new version of Little Women(to be released on Christmas day a year from now), and they were putting together a music room set, and did I have an appropriate harp. I said I had an 1892 Erard, and while it was made later than the time period of the movie, that design( Gothic model) existed at the time of the story. They were using a huge mansion out in the country for the interiors, so I had to deliver the harp there, then pick it up a week later. I took the picture when I went back to pick up the harp. The shooting was done, but the sets were still in place. So hopefully my Erard will be seen sharing the space with Meryl Streep, Timothy Chalamet, Laura Dern, among others, unless it ends up on the cutting room floor!
I should add that the initial request was to use it for an outdoor wedding scene, which I was very reluctant to agree to. Had they stuck with that plan, then I would have insisted on being on set the entire time they had it. But the plan was changed and instead the harp is just decoration in the music room.
The house is in central Massachusetts and was built in 1902. They are using a much older house for the exteriors, but are using the three main rooms on the ground floor of this house for the interiors. Here’s another picture. This is the room next to the ‘music room.’ Absolutely everything in this room was brought in for the shoot. They had brought in enough things(furniture, paintings, lighting fixtures, drapes, etc.) to furnish 4 big houses. The house is currently for sale, for 5 million dollars, which frankly is a bargain given its size and all the property that goes with it.
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That’s wonderful Carl, thank you so much for sharing – not only the picture but the story and implicit advice about harp care on set. It’s also great that the prop master wanted a period harp…
In The Winter King, a TV series about Henry VII, there is what appears to be a Clark or Morley in one scene. Would that have been similar to the Welsh harps of the period (late 1400s)?
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