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Late 17th Century Theorbo or Chitarrone and Case


Fine example of a late 17th Century Theorbo/Chitarrone, bone inlay in a late 19th Century shagreen type case, the interior with crush silk lining.See Footnote. Provenance Theorboes were developed during the late sixteenth century, inspired by the demand for extended bass range for use in opera developed by the Florentine Camerata and new musical works based on basso continuo, such as Giulio Caccini's two collections, Le nuove musiche (1602 and 1614). Musicians adapted bass lutes (c.80+ cm string length) with a neck extension to accommodate open (i. e. unfretted) bass strings, called diapasons or bourdons. The instrument was called both chitarrone and tiorba. Although theorbo and chitarrone are virtually identical, they have different etymological origins, chitarrone being a descendant of chitarra italiana. Exhibitions This Theorbo/Chitarrone may have come viathe Leopoldo Franciolini workshops during the 19th Century. Francciolini was a instrument dealer in Florence who enhanced certain instruments giving them an earlier look.


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    H 71.00 in. x W 13.00 in. x D 6.00 in.

    H 180.34 cm x W 33.02 cm x D 15.24 cm

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    Peterborough, GB
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