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Lute (formerly Chitarrone), Domenico Sellas, Venice, mid 18th century

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
mid 18th century
Place
Object number
RCM0010
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894

Description

Originally a chitarrone, altered to guitar stringing. Later front, two-piece, matched, of fine to medium grain. Soundhole with bevelled edge; collar inlaid with lozenges separated by verticals of narrow banding. This banding, paired, also forms the herring-bone edging of front. Ebonised 19th-century guitar pin-bridge for six single strings. Back of 37 ribs, of snakewood, with ivory lines between, of semi-elliptical cross section, the two outermost ribs wider. Capping-strip of four strips of snakewood with four inlaid lines. Original lining of laid paper with transverse linen strips and later tape reinforcements. Later neck of semi-circular section. Curved pegbox. Later ebonised raised fingerboard goes over front and reaches to soundhole.

Dimensions

Length: 1021mm. Width: 351mm. Depth: 143mm.

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