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One-piece back and ribs of maple. Ribs made of one continuous piece, separated at bottom by ebony strip. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Edges of belly, back, and banana-shaped soundholes bound with ivory and ebony. Back and belly flush with ribs. Neck and pegbox of maple, with reverse...

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Before 2000, a collector, West Coast of the United States; by 2000, sold by collector to Christie's New York; 2000, sold by Christie's to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 2000)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

about 1820

Object Place

Paris, France


Length 59 cm, width 21 cm (Length 23 1/4 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ivory, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones