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Lyre guitar, François Roudhlof and Nicolas Mauchand, Paris, early 19th century

DETAILS

Object name
Makers
Date
early 19th century
Object number
RCM0134

Description

Guitar in lyre-form with six strings. Front unvarnished, two-piece, book-matched, of fine to medium grain, with two soundholes of swastika form, clockwise and anti-clockwise. Wide herringbone banding of ebony and tortoise-shell. Pin-bridge with metal insert and crescent moustaches ending in disc finials. Book-matched back and ribs of satinwood, on a coniferous substrate. Back arched transversely and the lower end flares out into a pedestal with ebony lines at base. Guitar neck rises between the horns of the lyre and is linked to them with an ebonised wooden yoke. Neck and peghead ebonised. Mother-of-pearl inlays on faces and tips of pegs; ormolu finials to horns of lyre in the form of eagle’s heads.

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Dimensions

Length: 791mm. Width: 420mm.

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