18th century Italian guitar battente, with five triple courses of strings, the head with shaped outline bearing fifteen turned wooden pegs, the front and back of head with foliate engraved ivory bands, the edge of the head bearing seventeen turned ivory discs, the front and back of the neck with opposing ebony and ivory decoration, the fingerboard with various brass and ebony frets, the deep bowl figured maple back and sides inlaid with boxwood lines, the fine grain spruce top with ebony and pearl inlaid decoration and a continuous band of alternate ebony and boxwood trapezoid inlay to the edges, the sound hole with an ebony rosette inlaid with pearl motifs and inset with a three tier architectural rose, within a contemporary flight case

Overall length 38.25″, 97.2cm; string length 24.25″, 61.6cm

*See Harvey Turnbull, 1974, plate 23d for a photo of this guitar.

**Purchased from W.E. Hill & Sons for £2650 in 1977

Estimate £7,000 – 10,000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)