Treble guitar (bambina model)

about 1870
Probably by George Lewis Panormo


Object Place: London, England

Dimensions

Length 54.3 cm, width 14.9 cm (Length 21 3/8 in., width 5 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

2000.630

Medium or Technique

Coromandel wood, spruce, cedar, ebony, ivory, brass, steel, sheep gut, silver, nickel silver

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Two-piece back and ribs of coromandel wood. Belly of fine-grained spruce. Multi-line binding along edges of belly and encircling soundhole. Neck and headstock of cedar. Tuning machines of brass and iron with knobs of ivory; stamped: Baker. Fingerboard of ebony with seventeen frets of nickel silver. Nut and saddle of ivory. Bridge, bridge pins, and end button of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and three on belly (one above soundhole). Original rectangular case of wood veneered with burl walnut and lined with green satin.

Inscription

Handwritten label: Mme. R. Sidney Pratten / 38 Welbeck St. / Cavendish S[quare] / ca. 1870 Lond[on]

Provenance

Before 1895, Mrs. Sidney Pratten (née Catherina Josepha Pelzer, 1821-1895), London, England. December 16, 1938, sold by Sotheby's London. Before 1978, sold by source unidentified to Christie's, London. July 1978, sold by Christie's, lot 21, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2000, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously