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Cavaquinho

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One-piece back and ribs of wood with fake rosewood graining. Belly of medium-grain spruce. Neck and headstock of maple (?); face of headstock veneered with rosewood. Tuning pegs of ebony with buttons of ivory. Fingerboard of walnut with seventeen frets of brass. Nut and bridge pins of ivory....

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Inscription

Printed label: JERONYMO JOSÉ DOS SANTOS / FABRICANTE DE VIOLAS / FRANCEZAS, GUITARRAS E. CAVAQUINHOS / COM LOJA NO / SARGO DA ANNUNCIADA No. 20 / LISBOA

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

1850–1900

Object Place

Lisbon, Portugal

Dimensions

Length 46.2 cm, width 12 cm (Length 18 3/16 in., width 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

17.1751

Medium or Technique

Rosewood, spruce, walnut

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones