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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
Overall: 19.6 x 14.7 x 62.5cm (7 11/16 x 5 13/16 x 24 5/8in.) Label: 19.5 x 14.8 x 62.5cm (7 11/16 x 5 13/16 x 24 5/8in.) Length of fingerboard nut to base: 22.0 cm (8 11/16 in.) Width of fingerboard at base: 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.) Length of body: ±32.5 cm (12 13/16 in.) Width of body at widest: 19.6 cm (7 11/16 in.) Depth of body at greatest: ±14.7 cm (5 13/16 in.) Vibrating length of strings: 33.2 cm (13 1/16 in.) Sound hole diameter: ± 6.7 x 3.5 cm (± 2 5/8 x 1 3/8 in.)
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
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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