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John D'Angelico (American, New York 1905–1964 New York)
ca. 1925
New York, New York, United States
Spruce, Brazilian rosewood, ivoroid, tortoise shell
Overall: 21 x 15.2 x 62.2cm (8 1/4 x 6 x 24 1/2in.) Label: 21 x 15.2 x 62.2cm (8 1/4 x 6 x 24 1/2in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Jonathan & Faye Kellerman Foundation Gift, 2007
Accession Number:
Not on view
Neapolitan bowlback mandolin made by John D'Angelico. The instrument has a wide-grained spruce top with an inlaid tortoiseshell pickguard decorated with a large flower in the center and wreath-type scrolls to each side. The oval soundhole is bound with ivoroid and black mastic. In addition, there is another band of decorative ivoroid inlay and black mastic slightly recessed from the soundhole. The ebony fingerboard extends over the soundhole and has eighteen full frets and two abbreviated frets. Mother-of-pearl dots mark fret positions. The back is made of twenty-three Brazilian rosewood ribs with maple separators. The disposition includes eight strings in the typical Neapolitan arrangements of two strings per course tuned to the same notes as a violin: E, A, D, G. Ivoroid tipped machine tuners. Ivoroid pedestal on headstock.
Signature: BUILT BY / John D'Angelico / GUARANTEED / No. ___ NEW YORK
[ Mandolin Brothers ] ; Irving Kittay
"Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2011), pg. 22, ill.

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