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Lyre Guitar

Maker:
Joseph-Louis Germain (French, Mirecourt 1822–1870 Mirecourt)
Date:
ca. 1840
Geography:
France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Wood, mother-of-pearl, gut, metal wound on silk
Dimensions:
L. 36 in. L. of fingerboard (nut to base) 39.8 cm W. of fingerboard at base 5.9 cm L. of body 43. cm W. of body at widest 33.1 cm D. of body at neck 7.2 cm, at foot 9.2 cm L. of Strings vibrating 65.1 cm Diam. of soundhole +/- 6cm
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked-fretted
Credit Line:
The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889
Accession Number:
89.4.1074
Not on view
Essentially a lyre-guitar with abbreviated arms, this variant was fitted with a flat base so that it could stand as a table ornament. The back and sides are of figured mahogany; the top is of spruce. Six single courses of strings.
Marking: (stamped) inside back beneath both soundholes: Germain/A. Mirecourt
Mary Elizabeth Adams Brown
Catalogue of the Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments: Europe. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1904, vol. I, pg. 43, ill.

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. 43, 42+, ill.



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