Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Harpo-lyre

Maker:
André Augustin Chevrier (French, Mirecourt active 1820–1842 Brussels)
Date:
ca. 1830
Geography:
Mirecourt, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Spruce, walnut, ormolu
Dimensions:
Total L. approx. 99 cm (39 in.); String L. (center) 65 cm (25 9/16 in.); String L. (sides) 70 cm (27 9/16 in.)
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-plucked
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Cassilly Gift, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.117.1, .2
Not on view
This three-necked instrument features a central neck tuned like a conventional guitar (E-A-d-g-b-e'), plus a neck on the left tuned chromatically (A-B flat-B-c-d flat-d-e flat) and one on the right tuned diatonically (c'-d'-e'-f'-g'-a'-b'-c2). The back and sides are of figured walnut. Ormolu (mercury-gilded brass) mounts decorate the yoke of the guitar.
Marking: (stamped) A.A. Chevrier/Luthier
Dangerous Curves: The Art Of The Guitar. Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, MA, 2001, pg. 58, ill.



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