late 19th century
Probably by Leopoldo Franciolini (Italian, 1844–1920)

Object Place: Florence, Italy


Length 58 cm, width 17.5 cm, depth 8.5 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., width 6 7/8 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ivory

Not On View


Europe, Musical Instruments



Back comprised of fifteen ribs of maple with capping strip. Two-piece belly of irregular-grain softwood with separate carved rose of wood in quatrefoil pattern with eight-petal flower at center. Neck and pegbox of ebonized wood, terminating in square finial decorated with bone set in black mastic. Tuning pegs of ebonized wood. Fingerboard of walnut with binding of bone; six tied-on frets of gut and one fret of wood. Nut of ivory. Bridge of ebonized beech with cap of ivory. Twelve strings in six pairs. Reddish-brown varnish on back.


Manuscript label (very faint): Fait par ... / [f?]an (?)ani à Liège, l'an 1771


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