Interesting 19th century French small bodied guitar, bearing a partially decipherable inscription ‘Belleqxxxx, Fils Amiens’ on a mother of pearl shield inlaid to the face of the head; Back and sides: satinwood, various small cracks to the edging of the back and restorations to binding, various cracks to the sides; Table: fine grain spruce with ebony and ivory string banding highlighted with pearl dots to the edges and sound hole, similar inlay to the bridge face, large open crack running the length of the lower bout through the bridge, warping to table; Fretboard: ebony inlaid with ivory lines and mother of pearl dots; Frets: generally good, re-fret; Head: shaped open peg box bearing engraved ‘Rance’ tuning strips with pearl buttons; Case: soft bag; Other: bow to neck; Overall condition: poor and in need of restoration

Estimate £400 – 600 (Buyers Premium of 24% inclusive of VAT @20%)

Sold for £480 (8th March 2018)