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Carlo Bugatti is best known for his highly stylized and individualistic furniture, which often incorporates Gothic, Moorish, and Oriental motifs. This lute incorporates ideas from various types of Asian string instruments. It is likely that it functioned as an objet d'art, used as room...

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By 1889, Mrs. John (Mary Elizabeth) Crosby Brown, New York; 1889, gift of Crosby Brown to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; 1996, deaccessioned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1998, sold by The Metropolitan Museum of Art to Jack Hirshhorn, Brooklyn, New York; 2007, consigned by Hirshhorn to Steve Uhrik, Brooklyn, New York, and sold to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 27, 2007)

Credit Line

Marshall H. Gould Fund and Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

about 1885

Object Place

Milan, Italy


Overall: 40 x 8.1 x 142.1 cm (15 3/4 x 3 3/16 x 55 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Walnut, copper, vellum


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones