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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Belly of fine-grain spruce with separate carved rose of wood in sunburst and foliate design. Soundhole encircled by inked decoration in geometric patterns. Neck and extended pegbox of maple, terminating in square finial, decorated with triangles of ebony and...

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Handwritten label: REMERUS LIESSEM / fecit Londini 1757; stamped on back: R. Liessem


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


Object Place

London, England


Length 90 cm, width 31.3 cm (Length 35 7/16 in., width 12 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones