Treble guitar (cavaquinho)

1850–1900
Jeronymo Jose Dos Santos (Portuguese, 2nd half of 19th century)


Object Place: Lisbon, Portugal

Dimensions

Length 46.2 cm, width 12 cm (Length 18 3/16 in., width 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

17.1751

Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce, walnut

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

One-piece back and ribs of wood with fake rosewood graining. Belly of medium-grain spruce. Neck and headstock of maple (?); face of headstock veneered with rosewood. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of walnut with seventeen frets of brass. Nut and bridge pins of ivory. Bridge of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and two on belly (one above soundhole).

Inscription

Printed label: JERONYMO JOSÉ DOS SANTOS / FABRICANTE DE VIOLAS / FRANCEZAS, GUITARRAS E. CAVAQUINHOS / COM LOJA NO / SARGO DA ANNUNCIADA No. 20 / LISBOA

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