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Two-piece back and ribs of mahogany. Belly of fine-grain spruce with two soundholes composed of six comma-shaped openings. Five-line purfling along edges of belly and encircling soundholes. Back and belly edged with binding of ebony. Moldings of ebony along base of body. Neck and both faces of...

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Printed label on inside of back below each soundhole: PONS, fils, / LUTHIER, / Rue du Grand Hurleur; / No. 5 / A PARIS, an 18


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

about 1805

Object Place

Paris, France


Length 78 cm, width 33.6 cm (Length 30 11/16 in., width 13 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones