Maker: attributed to Jean-Baptiste Voboam

Date: 1697

Geography: France

Culture: French

Medium: Spruce, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory, ebony

Dimensions: Overall L. 96.9 cm (38-1/8 in.); Body L. 44.8 cm (17-5/8 in.); Body W.: 25 cm (9-7/8 in.); Center W.: 19.1 cm (7-1/2 in.); Upper Body W.: 20.9 (8-1/4 in.); String L.: 68.2 cm (26-7/8 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted

Credit Line: Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.147


The back, sides, neck, and peghead of this guitar are overlaid with tortoiseshell, ebony, and ivory chevrons with framed scrollwork, lozenges, and geometric banding and edging. The top has a gilded rosette bordered by a band of mother-of-pearl ornaments. Originally strung with five pairs of strings, this instrument was converted in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century to six single courses.