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Harp-guitar, Edward Light, London, c.1800

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1800
Place
Object number
RCM0166

Description

Harp-guitar, a lute-guitar hybrid with seven gut strings. Body of simplified lute-form with straight sides and curved tail. Soundhole with gilded oakleaf and acorn collar; inserted sunburst rose of wood and gesso gilded with central mask. Front outlined with scrolling neoclassical bands and anthemion ornament both sides of bridge. Back of flattened semicircular section with flat central stave between segmental side pieces; harp-style openings in central stave. All ebonised; back outlined in ‘panels’ with gold lines. Turned ivory tailpin. Pin-bridge with saddle. Neck and top-block in one piece but laminated horizontally from two layers; ivory frets. Tuning pins with square gilt heads, without shoulders, set out in V pattern.

[View instrument in print catalogue]

Dimensions

Length: 832mm. Width: 3255. Depth: 138mm.

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