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Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Tuning pegs of boxwood. Orange-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.


Printed label: AUGUSTINUS CHAPPUY / FECIT PARISIIS ANNO 17 [handwritten: 78]; stamped on back: CHAPPU[Y] / A PARI[S]


Before 1965, Jacques Français, New York; 1965, sold by Jacques Français to Laurence Witten, Southport, Connecticut; 1974, sold by Laurence Witten to Edwin M Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

Credit Line

Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of Isabel Pope Conant


Object Place

Paris, France


Length 59.2 cm, width 20.6 cm (Length 23 5/16 in., width 8 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones