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Arched back comprised of twelve ribs of walnut, each separated by strips of light wood. Sides similar, comprised of seven ribs. Belly of fine-grain spruce. Soundhole encircled with foliate shapes and dots of pearl set in black mastic. Tiered rose of gilded parchment with red accents. Neck and...

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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)

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Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

mid-18th century

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Length 79.5 cm, width 22.7 cm, depth 14 cm (Length 31 5/16 in., width 8 15/16 in., depth 5 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Walnut, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones