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Two-piece back and ribs of satinwood. Belly of fine-grain spruce with binding of ebony. Triple-line stringing along edges of belly and encircling soundholes. Two rosettes composed of gilded eight-petal flowers and leaves. Engraved and monogrammed shield of pearl inlaid into belly. Moldings of...

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Engraved into pearl shield on belly: Pons Fils/ A/ PARIS/ 1810


Engraved into pearl shield on belly: Pons Fils / A / PARIS / 1810


By 2000, sold by a dealer, France, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2000, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 25, 2000)

Credit Line

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


Object Place

Paris, France


Length 87.5 cm, width 45.8 cm (Length 34 7/16 in., width 18 1/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Satinwood, spruce, mahogany, ebony, ivory, mother-of-pearl, nickel silver, sheep gut, silver, semi-precious stones, paste


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones