Guitar by Battista Fabricatore, Napoli 1796, the open peg box with later machines inscribed Baker, the face of the head, fingerboard, edges of the table and sound hole inlaid with mother of pearl set within tortoiseshell, the back of the neck with ivory string banding, the fingerboard with fourteen frets, four of ebony, running onto the table, plain stained back and sides, the fine-grained spruce top with tortoiseshell and mother of pearl inlay below the bridge, the ebony pin bridge flanked by scrolling moustaches, in an ebonised wooden case

Bearing a label to the inner back inscribed Gio: Battista Fabricatore Napoli Anno 1796 in S.M. dell’Ajuto. M.32

Total length 35.5″, 90.2cm; string length 25″, 63.5cm

Estimate £2500 – 4500 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)

Sold for £5000 (14th Sept 2017)