French ten string guitar, probably by Edmond Saunier, Paris, circa 1770, the head with a shaped outline bearing ten ebony pegs, the front of the head, back of the head and back of the neck ebonised and inlaid with foliate ivory decoration, the ebony fingerboard with central ivory string banding bearing gut frets, also with four ebony frets running onto the table, the five-section back of alternating wood, the darker panels inlaid with foliate boxwood scrolls and ivory string banding, the ebonised sides of parallel ivory string inlay, the fine grain spruce table with boxwood string banding to the edges and with scratch carved ebonised foliate decoration along with alternating ebony and ivory inlay to the sound hole surround, the ebony bridge flanked by shallow fretwork scrolls, later protective hard case

Overall length 37″, 95.2cm; current string length 25 6/8″, 65.1cm

*See ‘La Chitarra, Quattro Secoli di Capolavori’ page 136-9 for similar examples by this maker

Estimate £3000 – 5000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)