about 1840
Probably by Antoine Anciaume (French, born in 1776)

Object Place: Mirecourt, France


Length 90.7 cm, width 29.6 cm (Length 35 11/16 in., width 11 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amboyna wood, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, abalone, silver, brass, steel, nickel silver, sheep gut

On View

Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)


Europe, Musical Instruments



One-piece back and ribs veneered with burled amboyna wood over substrate of spruce. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ivory and ebony along belly and back. Border of belly decorated with pearl and abalone in repeated foliate pattern. Belly, headstock, neck, and fingerboard decorated in motifs celebrating Napoleon Bonaparte, inlaid in engraved pearl and abalone. Neck and headstock of maple veneered with burled amboyna. Tuning machines of brass and iron with rollers of ivory and heads of pearl in floral pattern, stamped Demet. Seventeen frets of nickel silver. Nut of pearl. Bridge, bridge pins, and end button of ebony. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back and five on belly (two above soundhole and one below soundhole angled slightly). Modern case of wood lined with decorative paper.


Engraved at base of fingerboard and printed on inside label: ANCIAUME


By 1997, Jacques Français, New York; 1997, sold by Français to Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York; 1999, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 1999)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously through the Joseph Bishop Van Sciver Fund (1861-1943) of The Boston Foundation