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One-piece back and ribs veneered with burled amboyna wood over substrate of spruce. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Binding of ivory and ebony along belly and back. Border of belly decorated with pearl and abalone in repeated foliate pattern. Belly, headstock, neck, and fingerboard decorated in...

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Engraved at base of fingerboard and printed on inside label: ANCIAUME


By 1997, Jacques Français, New York; 1997, sold by Français to Wurlitzer-Bruck, New York; 1999, sold by Wurlitzer-Bruck to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 15, 1999)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously through the Joseph Bishop Van Sciver Fund (1861-1943) of The Boston Foundation

about 1840

Object Place

Mirecourt, France


Length 90.7 cm, width 29.6 cm (Length 35 11/16 in., width 11 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Amboyna wood, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, abalone, silver, brass, steel, nickel silver, sheep gut


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones