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Guitar, ?French, second half of 17th century

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
second half of 17th century
Place
Object number
RCM0022
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894

Description

Five-course baroque guitar; much altered. Front later, wide-grained, showing marks of two bridge positions; no bridge at present; six plugged holes from pin-bridge for six single strings. The original elaborate terraced rose of very fine workmanship was re-used, fitted slightly off-centre. Of paper and card, it has four levels of pierced, mostly gothic ornament; the second layer down is a six-pointed star, and the lowest carries, as central boss, a wooden spire with a pyramid of nine decorative punchings. Collar of various chequered patterns made from mother-of-pearl, ebony and other materials. Back of four strips of the same marquetry; plugged holes at top and bottom of back from fixing/location pegs. Ribs and back are made of a coniferous wood, with the marquetry veneers laid on.

Dimensions

Length: 949mm. Width: 252mm.

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