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Back comprised of twenty-seven ribs of maple, each separated by strips of ebony, with capping strip. Wide sides pieces. Belly of medium-grain spruce edged with purfling and binding of ivory (missing). Belly inlaid at upper and lower ends with pearl in foliate designs set in red mastic....

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Printed label: Gio: Battista Fabricatore fecit / An.: 1790 in. S.M. dell' Ajuto / Napoli


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


Object Place

Naples, Italy


Length 57.5 cm, width 17.8 cm, depth 14.2 cm (Length 22 5/8 in., width 7 in., depth 5 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones