Art/ Collection/ Art Object


Angelo Mannello (American, Morcone, Italy 1858–1922 New York)
ca. 1900
New York, New York, United States
Spruce, tortoiseshell, ivory, nickel-silver, metal,
Height: 24 9/16 in. (62.4 cm) Width: 7 13/16 in. (19.8 cm) Depth: 5 3/8 in. (13.6 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of the family of Angelo Mannello, 1972
Accession Number:
Not on view
Neapolitan style bowlback mandolin with seventeen inlaid nickel-silver frets on a tortoiseshell fingerboard. The bowl is extraordinarily decorated wiht a rich design of checkerboard pattern ivory and tortoiseshell separated by nickel-silver strips, and a profuse decoration in ivory inlay depicting a naked woman, putti playing instruments, grotesques, and floral designs. These decorative motifs continue on the fingerboard and peghead of the instrument. The maker's name is inlaid around the oblong soundhole.
The Family of Angelo Mannello
Our Tuneful Heritage: American Musical Instruments from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Exhibition catalogue., Brigham Young University. Provo, Utah, 1994, pg. 59-60, fig. 13, 14, ill.

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

Ed. John P. O'Neill. The Metropolitan Museum of Art: The United States of America. Third 2005. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1987, pg. 95, fig. 67, ill.

American Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 1985, pg. 19, fig. 6, ill.

"Musical Instruments in The Metropolitan Museum." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1978), Vol. XXXV, No. 3, pg. 45, ill.

Related Objects


Artist: Angelo Mannello (American, Morcone, Italy 1858–1922 New York) Date: 1900 Medium: Spruce, maple, tortoiseshell, ivory, mother-of-pearl, metal Accession: 1972.111.2a, b On view in:Not on view


Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania) Date: ca. 1838 Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivory Accession: 1979.380a, b On view in:Not on view

Square Piano

Artist: Robert Nunns (British, (active United States) 1791–1869) Date: 1853 Medium: Rosewood, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell, abalone, felt, metal, paint, gilding Accession: 06.1312 On view in:Gallery 736


Artist: David Tecchler (Austrian, Salzburg 1666–1747 Rome) Date: ca. 1725 Medium: Spruce, ebony, ivory, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl Accession: 1988.87 On view in:Gallery 999