Guitar, attributed to René Voboam, Paris, c.1650


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Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894


Baroque guitar with five courses, altered to six strings. Front four-piece, of fine grain, later stained dark brown; the two inner pieces book-matched, as are the outer two. Later bridge of ebony with insert of ?ivory; moustache finials appear to be original. Four bars across underside of front; two above rose, one below it and an oblique bar between bridge and rose, which slopes down from bass side to treble side; also a short bar on either side of sound-hole and two more sloping up towards bridge. Three-tier rose of cut and punched ?leather, later painted gold. The top layer is a six-pointed star-shaped opening with gothic piercing and six small tapering spires of ornamental punchings on metal spikes; the next layer a circular opening with gothic piercings; the lowest level carries a tapering spire of ornamental punchings at centre. Collar around soundhole has sixteen mother-of-pearl fleur de lys inlaid in ebony, with lines of purfling enclosing circles and lozenges of mother-of-pearl.