Lyre guitar

about 1805
Joseph Pons (French, born in 1776)

Object Place: Paris, France


Length 78 cm, width 33.6 cm (Length 30 11/16 in., width 13 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Mahogany, spruce, ebony

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Europe, Musical Instruments


Musical instruments

Two-piece back and ribs of mahogany. Belly of fine-grain spruce with two soundholes composed of six comma-shaped openings. Five-line purfling along edges of belly and encircling soundholes. Back and belly edged with binding of ebony. Moldings of ebony along base of body. Neck and both faces of headstock veneered with brown wood with black streaks. Arms of body joined to headstock with rods of gilded brass terminating in acorn-shaped ends. Tuning pegs (unmatched set) of ebony and rosewood. Fingerboard of ebony with thirteen frets of ivory. Nut of bone. Bridge and bridge pins of ebony. Internal construction: Two lateral braces on back and two on belly below soundholes.


Printed label on inside of back below each soundhole: PONS, fils, / LUTHIER, / Rue du Grand Hurleur; / No. 5 / A PARIS, an 18


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