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Music: Tenore del passo e mezo con sei mutanze by Antonio Valente, 1576 (performed by Frances Conover Fitch)


Before 1900, Leopoldo Franciolini, Florence, Italy; about 1900, sold by Franciolini to the Musikmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden; early 1970s, sold by Musikmuseet to Michael Thomas, London, England; about 1980, sold by Thomas to Otmar Seemann, Vienna, Austria. November 25, 1983, sold by Sotheby's London, lot 154, to Hugh Gough, New York; 1986, sold by Gough to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 22, 1986)

Credit Line

Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

about 1550

Object Place

Naples, Italy


Length 191.5 cm, width 67.6 cm, case height 19.4 cm (Length 75 3/8 in., width 26 5/8 in., case height 7 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones