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Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

I

Mantua

Cesare

Bonoris ?

Date:

1568 ?

Label Text:

Cesare Bonoris 1568 [unclear] [per Dilworth: Cesare Bonoris / di Mantova 1568]

Body Shape:

Guitar

Current Location:

I

No. of Strings:

(4)

Collection:

Museo Civico

Sound Holes:

C*

Catalog Number:

SM 88-1981 (formerly 350-1933)

Head:

Scroll

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Luigi Francesco Valdrighi, -1892

Measurements:

Body Length:

65.3

String Length:

57.0

Rib Depth:

13.8

Upper Width:

29.2

Middle Width:

22.0

Bottom Width:

36.0

Information Source:

Cervelli 1982, p. 242

Literature:

Cervelli 1982, p. 242; Cervelli 1963, pp. 26-27

Photographs:

Cervelli 1982, p. 243 (front); Cervelli 1963, Tavola XI/3 (front)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Table with rosette and backwards C-shaped soundholes. Everything else very possibly by Franciolini, except tailpiece probably 18th-C., for an instrument with 3 strings. Label hard to read; everyone uses Valdrighi’s transcription (1884), but whole thing open to doubt. He also says back is walnut, with geometrical inlays.