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Chitarrone (after 17th-century Italian type)

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Back comprised of twenty-nine ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Wide sides pieces. Four-piece belly of irregular-grain softwood, with carved medallion of pearl inlaid at lower end. Soundhole encircled with discs of pearl with garnets at centers, set in black...

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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


Length 194 cm, width 40.9 cm, depth 15.8 cm (Length 76 3/8 in., width 16 1/8 in., depth 6 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, pine, ebony, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones