Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Harp Guitar

Luigi Mozzani (Italian, Faenza 1869–1943 Rovereto)
ca. 1915
Cento, Italy
Maple, spruce, ebony, metal
33 × 17 1/2 × 2 5/8 in. (83.8 × 44.4 × 6.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Jonathan & Faye Kellerman Foundation Gift, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.356a, b
Not on view
This unusual looking instrument was named by its maker the chitarra lyra a due bracci (double-armed lyre-guitar). It was based on the design of guitars built in the 1840s by Friedrich Schenk of Vienna. The unusual "arms" (so-called by Mozzani) join at the top around the headstock. The entire body, including the arms, are hollow.The neck is free from the body and held in place by six metal bolts (three at the heel and three at the headstock). The bolts can be reached, and adjusted, through holes in the back of the instrument. This mechanism was patented by Mozzani in 1912.
[ New York String Service ] ; Mario Maccaferri ; Scott Chinery ; [ Michael Indelicato ] ; [ Benoit Meulle-Stef ]
"Guitar Heroes: Legendary Craftsmen from Italy to New York." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (2011), pg. 20, ill.

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