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Cittern

Maker:
Christian Claus (German, active London ca. 1783–1793 New York)
Date:
1783–89
Geography:
London, England, United Kingdom
Culture:
British
Medium:
Wood and various materials
Dimensions:
Total length 71.4 cm., Fingerboard width 22.7 cm., Fingerboard width--top/bottom 4.7/6.0 cm., Body length 40.5 cm. Body width--widest/narrowest 30/- Body depth--neck/foot 6.5/8.5 cm. Vibrating length of strings 44 cm., Bridge height 2.5 cm.
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1013
Not on view
Marking: 1) (on upper table) Claus; the only inventor of the patent instrument (surrounding circular design in ink with royal seal in center)
2) (at bottom of table) sold only by
3) (on tuning mechanism) C
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Forgotten Instruments: Exhibition Catalogue of the Katonah Gallery. Exhibition catalogue., Katonah, New York, 1981, pg. 34, ill.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 59.

Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments of All Nations: I. Europe, Galleries 25 and 26, Central Cases of Galleries 27 and 28. Catalogue., The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, vol. 13, pg. 59.



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