8 July 1999
A FRENCH GUITAR
Second half of the 17th Century, labelled 'Jean frre Rue s./Martin... Paris 1667'
The vaulted back of fluted ebony ribs with intervening ivory stringing, the ribs similar, the table and soundhole edged with ivory with decorative inlay, the rose lacking, the fingerboard and back of neck similarly decorated, the headstock set with ten reverse pegs
36.11/16 in. (93.2 cm.) long overall; the string 25 in. (65.5 cm.) long overall
Rothschild inv. no. AR973.
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Karel Jalovec, Encyclopedia of Violin-Makers, I, London, 1968, p. 431, apparently referring to this guitar and one other known violin bearing the label of frre Jean, who is unknown by any other name.
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