Mid 17th century Italian guitar, probably Venice, with five double courses of strings, the head with ebony face and shaped outline bearing ten ebony pegs, the back of head and neck inlaid with parallel ebony lines, the ebony fingerboard with gut frets and two additional ebony frets, the back and sides inlaid with ebony parallel lines, the spruce top with a continuous band of alternating boxwood and ebony inlay to the edges and sound hole, the sound hole inset with a fretwork panel, within an ebonised wooden case

Bearing two restoration labels to the inner back inscribed Reparee par Adouard Foelisch, Luthier á Lausanne, the second inscribed Restored by Martin Bowers, 1975

Overall length 36 1/2″, 92.7cm; string length 25 1/8″, 63.8cm

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