Guitar

early 19th century


Object Place: Possibly Spain

Dimensions

Length 94.2 cm, width 27.8 cm (Length 37 1/16 in., width 10 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1754

Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce

Not On View

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

One-piece back and ribs of rosewood. Belly of medium-grain spruce with multi-line binding of wood. Soundhole encircled with five-line binding of wood and inlaid squares of pearl and ebony. Neck and headstock of cedar (?). Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of pearl. Fingerboard of rosewood with seventeen frets of nickel silver. Nut and bridge pins of ebony. Bridge of mahogany (?). Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back and four on belly (one above soundhole and two lowest angled).

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