Guitar by Jean Voboam, Paris 1684, the head with shaped outline bearing ten ebony pegs and the face with a central band of ebony and ivory trapezoid segments, the back of the head and neck with alternating ebony and ivory string banding, the eight sectional back divided by ebony and ivory lines, the sides with two parallel stringed inlay, the fine grain spruce top, sound hole and fretboard with alternating ebony and ivory trapezoid inlay to the edges, the fingerboard with ten gut frets and two ebony frets running onto the table, the sound hole inset with a three tiered architectural rose, the ebony bridge flanked by shallow fretwork foliate scrolls, within a later protective case

Inscribed Jean Voboam Paris 1684 on a rectangular ivory plaque at the top of the head

Overall length 38.75″, 96cm; currently string length 27 7/8″, 70.8cm

*This guitar is included in – Florence Getreau “Recent Research about the Voboam family and Their Guitars” in “Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society Volume XXXI 2005” : J3 in list p.15 – This is one of nine guitars known by Jean Voboam, the only one in private hands, six are in Museums , two are unlocated.

**This guitar was purchased from a Mr Thomas E. Greene in 1980

Estimate £25,000 – 35,000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)