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Arched back comprised of three wide ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with oval soundhole at center. Belly of fine-grained spruce. Multi-line binding of ebony and ivory around edges of belly and encircling soundhole. Separate carved soundhole insert of gilded wood with French...

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Engraved on pearl plaque: LEVIEN / Inventeur & Breveté


By 2000, sold at auction, London, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2000, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Bradford M. and Dorothea R. Endicott and an anonymous donor

about 1825

Object Place

Paris, France


Length 84 cm, width 32.8 cm, depth 14.3 cm (Length 33 1/16 in., width 12 15/16 in., depth 5 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, brass, sheep gut, silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones