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Guitar, attributed to Jacob (Giacobus) Stadler, Naples, c. 1650

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1650
Place
Object number
RCM0006
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894

Description

Five-course baroque guitar with engraved decoration. Front fine-grained, extensively inlaid with flowing arabesque in what appears to be a black mastic; moustaches of bridge in the same style and material. Crude later bridge fastened with steel screws. Banding of bone and ebony zigzag pattern around front and soundhole, which has a blackened bevelled edge; original rose missing. Ribs are fomed of strips of ebony and bone, with hunting scenes engraved on the centre strip of bone; the outer strips have scrolling foliage with purfling lines between. Back has five similar bone strips, slightly fanned, engraved with birds, animals and foliage, with smaller prices of same at edges of upper and lower bouts, alternating with plain ebony strips.

Dimensions

Length: 974mm. Width: 270mm.

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