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.)
Gift of the family of Angelo Mannello, 1972
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.
Artist: Christian Frederick Martin (Markneukirchen, Saxony 1796–1873 Nazareth, Pennsylvania)Date: ca. 1838Medium: Wood, maple, spruce, abalone, ebony, metal, brass, ivoryAccession: 1979.380a, bOn view in:Not on view