Giovanni Battista Fabricatore (Italian, active 1780–1811)

Object Place: Naples, Italy


Length 57.5 cm, width 17.8 cm, depth 14.2 cm (Length 22 5/8 in., width 7 in., depth 5 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Back comprised of twenty-seven ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Wide sides pieces. Belly of medium-grain spruce edged with purfling and binding of ivory (missing). Belly inlaid at upper and lower ends with pearl in foliate designs set in red mastic. Wing-shaped pickguard of tortoiseshell. Soundhole edged with purfling and binding of pearl. Neck and headstock of hardwood veneered with tortoiseshell and strips of purfling. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard and face of headstock veneered with tortoiseshell and pearl; seventeen frets of brass. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebony. Four pegs of ivory at lower end of body for fastening strings. Eight strings in four pairs. Dark brown varnish on back and neck. Internal construction: two lateral braces on belly (one above soundhole).


Printed label: Gio: Battista Fabricatore fecit / An.: 1790 in. S.M. dell' Ajuto / Napoli


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