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RCM 134 Lyre Guitar François Roudhlof and Nicolas Mauchand, Paris, early 19th century Inscriptions Two brands on inside of back below bass-side soundhole: F ROUDHLOFF / MAUCHAND Brief description Guitar in lyre-form with six strings Dimensions  : 791       : 399 : across body 325, across tips of horns 420   : at tail 83.5, at neck joint 43.5, at top of horns 10  : 593 Description Front unvarnished, two-piece, book-matched, of fine to medium grain, with two soundholes of swastika form, clockwise and anti-clockwise. Wide herringbone banding of ebony and tortoise-shell, also ebony and ivory lines, on edges of front. Pin-bridge with metal insert and crescent moustaches ending in disc finials inlaid with mother-ofpearl. Book-matched back and ribs of satinwood, on a coniferous substrate. The back is arched transversely and the lower end flares out into a pedestal with ebony lines at base. The guitar neck rises between the horns of the lyre and is linked to them with an ebonised wooden yoke. The yoke has turned ebony finials with mother-of-pearl inlays. Neck and peghead ebonised. Mother-of-pearl inlays on faces and tips of pegs; ormolu finials to horns of lyre in the form of eagle’s heads. Width of fingerboard: at joint 57mm, at nut 47mm; rectangular base: 92 × 47mm. Commentary A drawing room instrument of the neo-classical period. François Roudhlof (1781–1849) worked in association with Nicolas Mauchand, his brother-in-law, in Paris, making violins, cellos and guitars. Provenance Gift of Sir George Donaldson, 1894 References Inventions 1885, p.1 Donaldson 1896, pl.XXXVIII Remnant 1978, p.42 Wells 1984, p.14 Remnant 1989, ill. p.46

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