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One-piece back of mahogany over substrate of spruce. Ribs of solid mahogany. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Multi-line binding of ebony and whalebone around edges of belly and soundhole. Neck of mahogany. Headstock of maple sandwiched by mahogany; face ebonized. Tuning pegs of rosewood....

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Stamped on headstock: Lacote, / a Paris / PAR BREVETE, / D'INVENTION; printed label: Place des Victoirea, / No. 5 / LACOTE, / Luthier / a Paris / Annee 182 [handwritten: 7]; Printed labels on case: Eugène Petetin / ANCIEN OFFICiER DE MARINE / [handwritten: 32, no. du Luxembourg / Paris / 9 Cordes …]


Before 1858, Eugène Peletin, Paris, France, a student of the French guitar virtuoso Napoleon Coste (1805-1883). Before 2000, sold by source unidentified, the Hotel Drouot, to a dealer, Paris; by 2000, sold by same dealer to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2000, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 26, 2000)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously through the Joseph Bishop Van Sciver Fund (1861-1943) of The Boston Foundation and an anonymous donor


Object Place

Paris, France


Length 92 cm, width 30 cm (Length 36 1/4 in., width 11 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Mahogany, maple, spruce, ebony, whale bone, silver, nickel silver, sheep gut


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones