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Back comprised of fifteen ribs of maple with capping strip. Two-piece belly of irregular-grain softwood with separate carved rose of wood in quatrefoil pattern with eight-petal flower at center. Neck and pegbox of ebonized wood, terminating in square finial decorated with bone set in black...

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Manuscript label (very faint): Fait par ... / [f?]an (?)ani à Liège, l'an 1771


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

late 19th century

Object Place

Florence, Italy


Length 58 cm, width 17.5 cm, depth 8.5 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., width 6 7/8 in., depth 3 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ivory


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones