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Guitar, Joachim Tielke, Hamburg, c. 1684

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
c. 1684
Place
Object number
RCM0016
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894

Description

Five-course baroque guitar with vaulted back; converted to six strings. Front two-piece, of fine to medium grain, not symmetrical, with joint off-centre. Moustaches of ?ebony from original bridge; later pin-bridge for six strings with pearl-headed pins. Soundhole collar of ebony and ivory marquetry arabesque enclosed in lines of double purfling. Ribs of ebony and ivory marquetry, on a coarse calico backing. There is a engraved sunflower continuous line of ivory just below edge of front and a tapered strip of reversed marquetry at rib joint on tail-block. Neck and peghead have further floral marquetry, without engraving, on a maple core. The slightly convex fingerboard has composite frets of ivory and ebony, eleven on the neck and six on the front. Neck/peghead joint has been reworked and the neck shortened by one fret. A later nut is notched for six single strings.

Dimensions

Length: 886mm. Width: 235.5mm. Depth: 92mm.

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