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Guitar, Giovanni Tesler, Ancona, c.1620

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1620
Place
Object number
RCM0141
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894

Description

Five-course baroque guitar, later converted to six single strings. Front two-piece, book-matched, of fine to medium grain: edges have banding of mother-of-pearl in mastic with outer line of bone. Soundhole with large decorative collar of overlapping semicircles as on edge-banding. Inlaid mother-of-pearl vase and flowers near tail; blank shield and fleur de lys at end of fingerboard. Foliate moustaches survive from the original bridge. Ribs and back of snakewood: ribs of five strips, the back of 21, separated by bone lines. Back of neck chequered with bone/snakewood marquetry. The peghead is laminated, consisting of eight alternate layers of bone and wood, with a front face of ebony, bone, and mother-of-pearl marquetry. Fingerboard covered in similar marquetry, with later bone fret.

Dimensions

Length: 884mm. Width: 247mm.

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