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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce with binding of ebonized wood. Soundhole encircled by semicircles of pearl set in black mastic. Trapezoidal pickguard of dark brown wood. Neck and headstock of maple stained brown. Screw (?) through neck heel. Tuning pegs of mahogany...

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Inscription

Printed label: Carlo Bergonzi fece / in Cremona l'anno 17 [handwritten: 85]

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

late 19th century

Object Place

Florence, Italy

Dimensions

Length 54.3 cm, width 21.7 cm (Length 21 3/8 in., width 8 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1752

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones