Italian, late 17th/early 18th Century
The trapeze shaped soundbox with gilt moulding around the edges, the soundboard decorated with birds and flowers and set with two gilt roses within floral rosettes, the sides decorated with turkish motifs, twenty courses, five triple and fifteen quadruple with two bridges (one damaged) and two probably later ivory hammers
27.3/8 in. (69.4 cm.) wide; 12 in. (30.5 cm.) deep
Rothschild inv. no. AR649.

Lot Essay

The trapezoid form of dulcimer, known as Doulcemelle of psalterie, was introduced in the Middle Ages; it is played with hammer-like beaters.

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