Lute (after Renaissance type)
Donald Warnock (American, 1919–1997)
Object Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Length 73.7 cm, width 35.4 cm, depth 17.7 cm (Length 29 in., width 13 15/16 in., depth 6 15/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Back comprised of eleven ribs of maple with capping strip. Multi-piece belly of fine-grain spruce with carved rose in geometrical pattern. Neck and tuning pegs of mahogany. Pegbox of beech. Fingerboard veneered with pearwood (?), edged with paduak (?). Eight tied-on frets of gut and four frets of beech. Nut of ivory. Bridge of maple. End button of boxwood. Eleven strings: one single and five pairs. Amber varnish on back. Hardshell case lined with blue felt.
Handwritten label: Donald Warnock/ fecit 1962/ Made after lute appearing in/ the "Presentation in the Temple"/ of Vittore Carpaccio, Venice./ Alto Lute, model #1/ 2 Brewer St. Cambridge, Mass.; etched on plaque at bottom of body: J.D.W./ 1962
1963, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)
William Lindsey Fund
Reproduced with permission.