Mandolin

19th century


Object Place: Italy

Dimensions

Length 57.2 cm, width 20.8 cm, depth 10.5 cm (Length 22 1/2 in., width 8 3/16 in., depth 4 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1759

Medium or Technique

Maple, rosewood, spruce, ebony

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Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Back comprised of eleven ribs of alternating maple and rosewood, with rosewood capping strip. Belly of fine-grain spruce with striped binding of ebony and ivory along edges and encircling soundhole. Purfling and gold stenciled foliate designs around soundhole. Neck and pegbox of mahogany terminating in head carved with flower and leaves. Tuning pegs of rosewood. Fingerboard of ebony with twenty frets of nickel silver. Nut of ebony. Bridge of ebonized wood. Six single strings. Internal construction: At least four lateral braces on belly.

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