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Keyed cittern (English guitar)

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Pear-shaped body with flat back. Back, ribs, and neck of slab-cut maple. Belly of spruce with slightly-domed ivory rose, carved and pierced with six-pointed stars, urn with swags, and monogram "A R L." Black single-line stringing and painted green leaves encircling rose and perimeter of back and...

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Stamped on back of neck: LONGMAN & BRODERIP / No. 26 CHEAPSIDE & / No. 13 HAY-MARKET / LONDON; handwritten in ink on hammer mechanism: T. B / July / 1798 [and] D. P. x


Before 1998, Michael O'Shea, Brighton, England; by 1998, sold by O'Shea to Sotheby's London; November 4, 1998, sold by Sotheby's London, lot 134, to Tony Bingham for the MFA. (Accession Date: January 27, 1999)

Credit Line

Samuel Putnam Avery Fund


Object Place

London, England


Length 69.5 cm, width 30.5 cm (Length 27 3/8 in., width 12 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones