Chitariglia attributed to Giovanni Smit in Milan, circa 1645...



£20000 - £40000


Chitariglia attributed to Giovanni Smit in Milan, circa 1645; Back and sides: multi-section ribbed bowl back; Top: fine grain spruce with foliate mastic decorations, bone and mastic binding to the outside and bone and mastic inlay to the sound hole, with intricate paper architectural rosette to the sound hole; Neck: continuous bone and wood inlay; Fretboard: inlaid bone and ebony with gut frets; Case: contemporary fitted Kingham custom hard case; Nut width: 44mm; Scale length: 490mm; Length of back: 360mm approx; Total length: 740mm

*Formerly of the Harvey Hope collection, sold with an LP recording by Harvey Hope featuring the guitar to the front cover. See also reference 'Guitar Review, no. 30', 1968, page 23

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From what we can ascertain, most appears to be original aside from a large repair to the upper back and a few other smaller repairs. The plate sitting over the bridge also appears to be a later addition. Personal viewing advised

Auction Date: 9th Mar 2022 at 10am

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