Harpo-lyre

about 1830


Object Place: France

Dimensions

Length 100 cm, width 43.3 cm (Length 39 3/8 in., width 17 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1755

Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce

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Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Guitar-shaped body (in lower part) with slightly curved back of polished mahogany. Ribs of mahogany. Sound-board of pine; three sounnd-holes with marquetry inlay around the edges. The upper part of the body has three extensions, to which are affixed three necks, the middle one being shorter than the side necks. Head-board, veneered with mahogany on both sides, slightly inclined with respect to the necks, of ornamental arched outline with worm and worm-wheel peg adjusting mechanism fixed at the back, end of pegs passing through clearance holes and extending in front about 15 cm. Right-hand and left-hand necks have finger-boards flush with sound-board and are furnished with fifteen brass frets each. The middle finger-board extends over the sound-board almost to the sound-hole and has nineteen frets. Strings: sound-board fastening type; three groups fastened by buttons to a long ebony cross-bar with three ivory bridges inserted in it; three ivory nuts in their respective necks. Number of strings; right-hand neck, eight spun silk; middle neck, three gut, three spun silk; left-hand neck, seven spun silk. Short steel rest at bottom.

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