Guitar, attributed to Jean-Baptiste Voboam, Spruce, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory, ebony, French

Guitar

Maker:
attributed to Jean-Baptiste Voboam
Date:
1697
Geography:
France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Spruce, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl, ivory, ebony
Dimensions:
Height: 38 1/8 in. (96.9 cm)
Width: 9 13/16 in. (25 cm)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1989
Accession Number:
1989.147
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 684
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.
Marking: (Engraved on head): Voboam A Paris 1697
Written by, Edited by Thomas MacCracken. "Recent Research about the Voboam Family and Their Guitars." Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (2005), vol. XXXI, pg. 16, 29, 55-58, 60, ill.