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Angelo Mannello (American, Morcone, Italy 1858–1922 New York)
ca. 1900
New York, New York, United States
Spruce, tortoiseshell, ivory, nickel-silver, metal,
Height: 24 9/16 in. (62.4 cm) Width: 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm) Depth: 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the family of Angelo Mannello, 1972
Accession Number:
Not on view
Neapolitan style bowlback mandolin with seventeen inlaid nickel-silver frets on a tortoiseshell fingerboard. The bowl is extraordinarily decorated wiht a rich design of checkerboard pattern ivory and tortoiseshell separated by nickel-silver strips, and a profuse decoration in ivory inlay depicting a naked woman, putti playing instruments, grotesques, and floral designs. These decorative motifs continue on the fingerboard and peghead of the instrument. The maker's name is inlaid around the oblong soundhole.
#9465. Mandolin
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