- Ann Griffiths
- and Richard Macnutt
French family of musicians, publishers and instrument makers.
(b Lichteneau, nr Paderborn, Westphalia, bap. July 20, 1734; d Paris, Feb 4, 1799). Publisher and instrument maker. Designated an ouvrier étranger on his arrival, he probably reached Paris in 1762–3. He was awarded a maker’s licence in November 1766 and in 1774 he became a master of his guild, later styling himself ‘Editeur, Luthier, Facteur de Harpes et autres instruments de musique’. One of the most important harp makers of the 18th century, he worked from premises in the Rue d’Argenteuil, where he made many single-action pedal harps equipped with a hook (à crochets) mechanism Highly ornate – carved, gilded and decorated in the Vernis Martin style – they were considered to be the most superior instruments of their time from both the mechanical and constructional points of view. In 1778 Jean Henri was officially appointed harp maker to Marie Antoinette, but of the five extant Naderman harps said to have been her property, only two – the first (...