Guitar

about 1790
Jean-Baptiste Champion (French, active 1783–1808)


Object Place: Paris, France

Dimensions

Length 93.2 cm, width 26.6 cm (Length 36 11/16 in., width 10 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

17.1753

Medium or Technique

Rosewood, palisandre, spruce, walnut, ebony, ivory

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Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

One-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Rope-pattern binding of ivory and ebony along edges of belly and soundhole. Soundhole also encircled with multi-line purfling of ivory and walnut (?). Separate rose (later, removed) of parchment in geometrical pattern. Neck and headstock of rosewood. Tuning pegs (later) and nut of ivory. Fingerboard veneered with walnut. Twelve tied-on frets of gut. Bridge (replaced) of ebony terminating in “moustaches.” Ten strings in five pairs. Internal construction: Three lateral braces on back and two on belly (one above soundhole).

Inscription

Repaired / 1963 by / Donald Warnock / Cambridge, Mass. Stamped on front and back of pegboard: CHAMPION; repair label: Extensively

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection