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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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Inscription

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

Marks

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

Provenance

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

1810

Object Place

Paris, France

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2000.972

Medium or Technique

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

Collections

Musical Instruments

Classifications

Musical instruments, Chordophones