Height: 38 1/8 in. (96.9 cm) Width: 9 13/16 in. (25 cm)
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1989
Not on view
The back, sides, neck, and peghead of this guitar are overlaid with tortoiseshell, ebony, and ivory chevrons with framed scrollwork, lozenges, and geometric banding and edging. The top has a gilded rosette bordered by a band of mother-of-pearl ornaments. Originally strung with five pairs of strings, this instrument was converted in the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century to six single courses.
Marking: (Engraved on head): Voboam A Paris 1697
Written by, Edited by Thomas MacCracken. "Recent Research about the Voboam Family and Their Guitars." Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society (2005), vol. XXXI, pg. 16, 29, 55-58, 60, ill.