Guitar by Alexandre Voboam Le Jeune, 1675, formerly with five double courses of strings, the head with shaped outline bearing ten ebony pegs, the face of the head with a central band of ebony and ivory trapezoid segments, the fingerboard currently with six gut frets and five ebony frets running onto the table, the back of the head and neck with alternating ebony and ivory string banding, the stained lightly flamed maple back with visible restorations around the heel, the sides with two parallel ivory bands, the fine grain spruce table, fingerboard and rosette with alternating ebony and ivory trapezoid and string edging, the ebony bridge flanked by shallow fretwork floral decoration to the table, the sound hole inset with a three tier architectural rose, within a 17th/18th century leather covered case

Inscribed Alexandre Voboam Le Jeune 1675 on a rectangular ivory plaque to the top of the head

Overall length 34.25″, 87cm; current string length 24.5″, 62.2cm

*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” : AJ2 in list p.14 – This is one of ten guitars known by Alexander Voboam le Jeune, six are in museums, two unlocated, two in private collections.

Estimate £15,000 – 25,000 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)