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Guitar-lyre (chitarra-lyra ad un braccio)

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Mozzani began designing his own instruments in the late 19th century, when he became dissatisfied with the small parlor-type guitars that were common in Italy at the time. He established schools of lutherie in Bologna, Cento, and Roverto. This instrument's design reflects the Art Nouveau style...

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In the 1980s, sold by Tony Vescoli (former guitarist with Les Sauterelles, a.k.a. The Swiss Beatles), Zurich, Switzerland, to Roger Bruderlin. By 2007, Frederick W. Oster, Vintage Instruments, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 2007, sold by Oster to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 27, 2007)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

about 1925

Object Place

Cento, Italy


Overall: 99 x 94 cm (39 x 37 in.) Lender accessory (Case): 102.9 x 43.2 cm (40 1/2 x 17 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, spruce, walnut, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, silver, steel, nickel silver, sheep gut


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones