Shield-shaped guitar (Wappengitarre)

about 1835
Probably by Victorin Drassegg (Austrian, 1782–1847)


Object Place: Bregenz, Austria

Dimensions

Length 97.2 cm, width 31 cm (Length 38 1/4 in., width 12 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2000.631

Medium or Technique

Walnut, spruce, ebony, ivory, cow bone, mother-of-pearl, sheep gut, copper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Back, ribs, and belly of burled walnut veneer over substrate of softwood. Semicircular cutouts encircling soundhole. Neck and pegbox of walnut; neck angle adjustable with watch-key screw at heel. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of ebony with eighteen frets of ivory. Nut, end button, and decorative domes on headstock of bone. Bridge and bridge pins of ebony. Internal construction: Four lateral braces on back and four on belly (one above soundhole).

Inscription

Printed label fragment: Laute …

Provenance

By 2000, sold by a dealer, Germany, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2000, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Jeffrey and Andrew Remis