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Angelo Mannello (American, Morcone, Italy 1858–1922 New York)
New York, New York, United States
Spruce, maple, tortoiseshell, ivory, mother-of-pearl, metal
24 5/8 × 7 11/16 × 5 13/16 in. (62.5 × 19.6 × 14.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the family of Angelo Mannello, 1972
Accession Number:
1972.111.2a, b
Not on view
This instrument is among the finest decorated mandolins made in the U.S., where the Neapolitan mandolin, mostly played by Italian immigrants, became a fad between about 1880 and 1930. Angelo Manello emigrated from Italy in 1885 and established a mandolin factory in New York that in the early 1900s employed up to seventy-five makers, including artists for the decorative work. This instrument has a body of thirty-two fluted birds-eye maple ribs as well as mother-of-pearl and tortoiseshell veneers.
Marking: (on printed label below soundhole): Angelo Mannello/Manufacturer of/High Grade/Mandolins & Guitars./Awarded highest honors at all international exhibitions./Made 1900 (written)/New York [with medals of exposition awards]
The Family of Angelo Mannello
Jayson Kerr Dobney, Bradley Strauchen-Scherer. Musical Instruments: Highlights of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. First Printing. @2015 by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. New York, 2015, pp. 160-161, ill.

A Checklist of American Musical Instruments. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1989, pg. 28.

"Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin - Winter 1975/1976." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1976), pg. 242, ill.

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