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Checklist of Plucked Stringed Instruments
Made Before 1800


NMM 3976. Guitar by Antonio Stradivari, 1700

NMM 3976.  Guitar, The Rawlins, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1700. Rawlins Fund, 1985.


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Citterns
English Guitars
Guitars
Harps
Lutes
Mandolins
Salterio
Spitzharfe


Makers:

Aubry, Antoine
Bofill, Salvador
D. G.
Deleplanque, Gérard
Edlinger, Thomas: 1724, 1728
Erard Frères
Gibson, William
Harton, Andrea
Hintz, Frederick
Karp, Johan
Naderman, Jean-Henri
Presbler, Francesco
Preston, James
Prior, William
Railich, Pieter
Rautta, Petrus
Richards, John
Sellas, Domenico
Sellas, Matteo: guitar, archlute
Stradivari, Antonio: guitar, choral mandolino
Tieffenbrucker, Magnus: lute, archlute
Tieffenbrucker family
Tielke, Joachim
Vinaccia, Antonio
Vinaccia family
Voboam, Alexandre


Citterns

NMM 3386. Cittern attributed to Urbino, Italy, ca. 1550. Ex coll.:  Lord Waldorf Astor, Hever Castle, Cliveden, England. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.

André P. Larson, "Early Italian Plucked Stringed Instruments at the Shrine to Music Museum," Lute Society of America Newsletter, 20, No. 1 (February 1985), p. 7.

"Utah Students Visit; Restoration Admired," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 13, No. 3 (April 1986), p. 4.

Margaret Downie Banks, "The Witten-Rawlins Collection and Other Early Italian Stringed Instruments at the Shrine to Music Museum," Journal of the Violin Society of America, 8, No. 3 (1987), pp. 23-24.

Joseph R. Johnson, "The Witten-Rawlins Collection of North Italian String Instruments," American Lutherie, No. 15 (1988), reprinted in The Big Red Book of American Lutherie, Volume Two: 1988-1990, Tim Olsen, editor (Tacoma, Washington: Guild of American Luthiers, 2000), pp. 100-102.

André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), inside front cover and pp. 46-47.

Gary M. Stewart, "A Mid-Sixteenth-Century Italian Cittern at the University of South Dakota," CIMCIM Newsletter 14 (1989), pp. 31-32.

"A Treasure from the Witten-Rawlins Collection," National Music Museum Newsletter 34, No. 1 (February 2007), p. 3.


NMM 13500.  Cittern, possibly by Petrus Rautta, England, 1579. Ex coll.: Rothschild Collection, Vienna. Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson Fund, 2007.

Lit.:  Fine Musical Instruments, Monday 2 April 2007 (New York: Christie's), Lot 34, p. 11.

Associated Press, "Stradivari Violin Goes for $2.7M," The New York Times (April 3, 2007).

Jay Kirschemann, "Rare Ancestor of Guitar Finds its Way to S. D.," Sioux Falls Argus Leader (April 5, 2007), pp. 1A & 5A.

Jennifer Muhmel, "Museum Gets Only Known English Cittern," The Volante (April 25, 2007), pp. A1 & A6.

Andrew Hartig, "Cittern, 34cm mensur, possibly English, circa 1600," Renovata Cythara: The Renaissance Cittern Site, Andrew Hartig, ed. (10 January 2008) (http://www.cittern.theaterofmusic.com/old/1600.html).

Arian Sheets, "Another 16th-century Treasure . . . A Unique Cittern From Shakespeare's England," National Music Museum Newsletter 35, No. 1 (February 2008), p. 1.

Ronald Broude, "Playing On Originals: The Material Presence of the Past," Early Music America 15, No. 4 (Winter 2009): 35.


NMM 14422.  Zister (cittern), Thuringia or Saxony, ca. 1800. Ex coll.: Paul de Wit, Leipzig; Erich Lachmann Collection, UCLA. Jean Abramson Acquisitions Fund, 2009.

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English Guitars
(in chronological order)

NMM 2626. English guitar (cittern), England, ca. 1750. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 1286. English guitar (cittern) by Frederick Hintz, London, 1761. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Lanie Graf, "John Frederick Hintz, Eighteenth-Century Moravian Instrument Maker, and the Use of the Cittern in Moravian Worship," Journal of Moravian History 5 (Fall 2008), pp. 7-39.


NMM 1292. English guitar (cittern) by James Preston, London, ca. 1765. Original case. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 4742. English guitar (cittern), England, ca. 1770-1810. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 1515. English guitar (cittern) by William Prior, London, ca. 1777. Ringley Fund, 1976.


NMM 3440. Guitare allemande (cittern) by Gérard Deleplanque, Lille, 1777. Ex coll.:  Lord Waldorf Astor, Hever Castle. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.


NMM 2627. English guitar (cittern) by William Gibson, Dublin, 1782. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

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Guitars
(in chronological order)

NMM 3385. Guitar attributed to Matteo Sellas, Venice, ca. 1640. Ex coll.:  Bisiach, Milan. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.

Lit.:  André P. Larson, "Early Italian Plucked Stringed Instruments at the Shrine to Music Museum," Lute Society of America Newsletter 20, No. 1 (February 1985), p. 8.

André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), cover, p. 40, and inside front cover.

ClassicNotes: KDFC 102.1 FM (San Francisco) 11, No. 3, Issue #7 (Spring 1996), cover.


NMM 3438. Guitar, Venetian School, ca. 1650. Ex coll.:  William Lerner, New York. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.


NMM 3346. Guitar by Domenico Sellas, Venice, ca. 1670. Arne B. & Jeanne F. Larson Fund, 1984.

Lit.:  "Rare, Beautiful Guitar Evokes the Splendor That Was 17th-Century Venice," Shrine to Music Museum, Inc., Newsletter 12, No. 1 (October 1984), p. 3.

André P. Larson, "Early Italian Plucked Stringed Instruments at the Shrine to Music Museum," Lute Society of America Newsletter 20, No. 1 (February 1985), p. 9.

Margaret Downie Banks, "The Witten-Rawlins Collection and Other Early Italian Stringed Instruments at The Shrine to Music Museum," Journal of the Violin Society of America 8, No. 3 (1987), pp. 23, 25, 26.

André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 51 and inside cover.

Joseph R. Johnson, "The Witten-Rawlins Collection of North Italian String Instruments," American Lutherie 15 (1988), reprinted in The Big Red Book of American Lutherie, Vol. 2 (1988-1990), edited by Tim Olsen (Tacoma, Washington: Guild of American Luthiers, 2000-2004), pp. 100-102.


NMM 4143. Guitar by Alexandre Voboam, Paris, 1670. Rawlins Fund, 1987.

Lit.:  "A 17th-Century Guitar from Louis XIV's Paris," Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 15, No. 3 (April 1988), p. 2.

"1987 Acquisitions at USD Music Museum," Newsletter of the American Musical Instrument Society 17, No. 2 (June 1988), p. 2.

André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 51.

Florence Gétreau, "Recent Research about the Voboam Family and Their Guitars," Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, 31 (2005), pp. 28, 34-39.


NMM 3452. Chitarra battente, northern Italy, ca. 1680-1700. Board of Trustees, 1984.


NMM 10076.  Guitar, Spain, ca. 1680-1720. Purchase funds gift of Margaret Ann Everist, Sioux City, Iowa, 2002.


NMM 3976. Guitar, The Rawlins, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1700. Ex coll.:  Louis Krasner, Boston. Rawlins Fund, 1985. Technical drawing available.

Lit.:  Rembert Wurlitzer, Inc., Loan Exhibition of Stringed Instruments and Bows:  Commemorating the Seventieth Birthday of Simone Fernando Sacconi, New York City, October 1966 (Stuttgart: Schuler Verlagsgesellschaft, 1966).

Herbert Goodkind, The Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari (Larchmont, New York: Herbert Goodkind, 1972), p. 298.

Simone Fernando Sacconi, The Secrets of Stradivari (Cremona:  Libreria Del Convegno, 1979), p. 230.

Guitares: Chefs-d'oeuvre des collections de France (Paris: La Flûte de Pan, 1980), pp. 78-82.

"Rare Strad Guitar a Highlight . . .  Important Acquisitions of 1985 Await New Galleries," Shrine to Music Museum, Inc. Newsletter 13, No. 2 (January 1986), pp. 1-2.

"1985 Acquisitions at USD Music Museum," Newsletter of the American Musical Instrument Society 15, No. 1 (February 1986), p. 8

The Strad (April 1986), front cover.

Bein & Fushi, Inc. 1987 Calendar, January/February.

Charles Beare, Capolavori di Antonio Stradivari (Milan : A. Mondadori Editore, 1987), pp. 64-65.

Margaret Downie Banks, "The Witten-Rawlins Collection and Other Early Italian Stringed Instruments at The Shrine to Music Museum," Journal of the Violin Society of America 8, No. 3 (1987), pp. 25-26.

Von Holger Skor, "Das 'Genie' Stradivari - ein Mythos? Zum 250. Todestag des legendären Instrumentenbauers," Musikblatt 14, No. 119 (December 1987-January 1988), pp. 15-17.

André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), p. 50.

Charles Beare, with the collaboration of Bruce Carlson, Antonio Stradivari: The Cremona Exhibition of 1987 (London: J. & A. Beare, 1993), 132-136.

Gary Baese, "Reproducing the Finish of The 'Rawlins' Stradivari Guitar," American Lutherie 33 (Spring 1993), pp. 30-34.

"Country Almanac: Legendary Sounds," Country America (June 1993), p. 16.

Darcy Kuronen, Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2001), pp. 32 and 220.

David Massey, "From Renaissance to Rock:  The Museum of Fine Arts celebrates The Art of the Guitar," Musical Merchandise Review (February 2001), p. 42.


NMM 5581. Guitar by Antoine Aubry, Mirecourt, France, 1779. Rawlins Fund, 1993.

Lit.:  "Important Instruments Acquired in 1993," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 21, No. 2 (January 1994), p. 2.

André P. Larson, "Guitar, Antoine Aubry, Mirecourt, France, 1779," South Dakota Musician 28, No. 3 (Spring 1994), cover and page 24.

Darcy Kuronen, Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar (Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2001), pp. 33 and 220.

André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), p. 66.

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Harps
(in chronological order)

NMM 3387. Harp, northern Italy, ca. 1550. Ex coll.:  Bisiach, Milan. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.


NMM 10007. Harp by Jean-Henri Naderman, Paris, 1797. Purchase funds gift of Margaret Ann and Hubert H. Everist, Sioux City, Iowa, 2001.


NMM 5886. Triple harp (telyn) attributed to John Richards, Llanrwst, Wales, ca. 1750. Given in memory of Raymond John Lewis by Fanchion Robb Lewis, Granville, Ohio, 1995.


NMM 5776. Harp, Germany or Bohemia, ca. 1800. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1988.


NMM 4011. Harp by Erard Frères, Paris, ca. 1800. Originally sold to General Charles Campbell. Gift of Robert E. McNair, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, 1986.


NMM 10992. Harp by Sebastian Erard, London, ca. 1800. Serial no. 292. Originally forty-two strings (EE-flat-d4); currently thirty-seven strings (EE-flat-f3). Single-action pedal mechanism with fourchettes. Height 171.5 cm. Originally sold to Lady Liddell, Wimpole Street, London. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.


NMM 12635. Harp by Sebastian Erard, London, ca. 1800. Serial no. 348. Forty-one strings (EE-flat-c4). Single-action pedal mechanism with fourchettes. Height 171 cm. Paul and Jean Christian Collection, 2006.

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Lutes
(in chronological order)

NMM 3384. Treble lute marked D. G., northern Italy, ca. 1500. Ex coll.:  Lord Waldorf Astor, Cliveden. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984. Technical drawing available.


NMM 3381. Bass lute by Andrea Harton, Venice, ca. 1600. Ex coll.:  Lord Waldorf Astor, Hever Castle. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.


NMM 3382. Archlute by Magnus Tieffenbrucker, Venice, ca. 1600. Ex coll.:  Lord Waldorf Astor, Hever Castle. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984. Technical Drawing Available.


NMM 10214. Lute attributed to the Tieffenbrucker family, Padua, ca. 1600, modified by Thomas Edlinger, Prague, 1724. Ex coll.:  Carl Des Fours Walderode, Hrubý Rohozec Castle, Bohemia (Czech Republic). Purchase funds gift of Margaret Ann Everist, Sioux City, Iowa, 2002. Technical drawing available.

Lit.: Robert Lundberg, "Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Lute-Making," Journal of the Lute Society of America 7 (1974), pp. 33 and 48.

Robert Lundberg, Historical Lute Construction (Tacoma, Washington: Guild of American Luthiers, 2002), pp. 15, 19, 62-63, and 251 (no. 51 in list).

André P. Larson, "From a Bohemian Castle . . . Unraveling the 400-Year Saga of Italian Lutes Built About 1600," National Music Museum Newsletter 29, No. 4 (November 2002), pp. 1-3.

André P. Larson, "From a Bohemian Castle . . . Unraveling the 400-Year Saga of Italian Lutes Built Around 1600," Lute Society of America Quarterly 44, No. 1 (February 2009), cover and pp. 6-8.

Bernard Hentrich, "Eine Theorbe von Silvius Leopold Weiß?," in Christian Ahrens and Gregor Klinke, eds., Laute und Theorbe: Symposium im Rahmen der 31. Tage Alter Musik in Herne 2006 (Munich and Salzburg: Musikverlag Katzbichler, 2009), pp. 161-163.


NMM 3383. Archlute by Pieter Railich for Matteo Sellas, Venice, 1630. Ex coll.:  Lord Waldorf Astor, Hever Castle. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984. Technical Drawing Available.


NMM 5580. Pamir robab (long-neck lute), Pamir region of Central Asia, ca. 1650. Board of Trustees, 1993.

Lit.:  "Important Instruments Acquired in 1993," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 21, No. 2 (January 1994), p. 4.


NMM 4003. Baroque lute by Joachim Tielke, Hamburg, 1707. Rawlins Fund, 1986. Technical Drawing Available.

Lit.:  Friedemann Hellwig, "Laute, Angélique un Theorbe bei Joachim Tielke," in Christian Ahrens and Gregor Klinke, eds., Laute und Theorbe: Symposium im Rahmen der 31. Tage Alter Musik in Herne 2006 (Munich and Salzburg: Musikverlag Katzbichler, 2009), pp. 93-94.


NMM 10213. Lute labeled Magno Dieffopruchar a Venetia and Thomas Edlinger Reparavit, Pragae, Anno 1728. This lute bears two labels which suggest that it was made by Magno Tieffenbrucker, the prominent Venetian maker, and modified by Thomas Edlinger of Prague. Ex coll.:  Carl Des Fours Walderode, Hrubý Rohozec Castle, Bohemia (Czech Republic). Purchase funds gift of Margaret Ann Everist, Sioux City, Iowa, 2002. Technical drawing available.

Lit.: Robert Lundberg, Historical Lute Construction (Tacoma, Washington: Guild of American Luthiers, 2002), pp. 15, 19, 62-63, and 251 (no. 51 in list).

André P. Larson, "From a Bohemian Castle . . . Unraveling the 400-Year Saga of Italian Lutes Built About 1600," National Music Museum Newsletter 29, No. 4 (November 2002), pp. 1-3.

André P. Larson, "From a Bohemian Castle . . . Unraveling the 400-Year Saga of Italian Lutes Built Around 1600," Lute Society of America Quarterly 44, No. 1 (February 2009), cover and pp. 6-8.

Edward Martin, "A Tale of Two Lutes in South Dakota . . . A Close View of the Edlinger Lutes in the National Museum—A Player's Perspective," Lute Society of America Quarterly 44, No. 1 (February 2009), pp. 9-11.

Bernard Hentrich, "Eine Theorbe von Silvius Leopold Weiß?," in Christian Ahrens and Gregor Klinke, eds., Laute und Theorbe: Symposium im Rahmen der 31. Tage Alter Musik in Herne 2006 (Munich and Salzburg: Musikverlag Katzbichler, 2009), pp. 162-163.


NMM 1283. Chitarrone, Italy, ca. 1800-1900. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

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Mandolins
(in chronological order)

NMM 6045. Choral mandolino, The Cutler-Challen, by Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1680. Purchase funds gift of Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Cutler, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 1997. Technical drawing available.

Lit.:  James Tyler and Paul Sparks, Early Mandolin: Mandolino and the Neapolitan Mandoline (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992), p. 168.

Andrew Dipper, "The Geometric Construction of the Violin Forms of Antonio Stradivari," Journal of the Violin Society of America 10, No. 2 (1988), pp. 163-198.

André P. Larson, "Choral Mandolino," South Dakota Musician 33, No. 1 (Fall 1998), cover and p. 19.

André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), p. 68.


NMM 3435. Mandolin attributed to Francesco Presbler, Milan, ca. 1680. Ex coll.:  Lord Astor, Hever Castle, England. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.

Lit.:  André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), p. 69.


NMM 2743. Mandolino genovese, France or Italy, ca. 1750. Board of Trustees, 1980.


NMM 3439. Mandolino lombardo, Italy, ca. 1750. Ex coll.:  Bisiach, Milan. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.


NMM 1299. Mandolino senése, Siena, ca. 1750. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 10006. Mandolin by Antonio Vinaccia, Naples, 1772. Board of Trustees, 2001.

Lit.:  André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), title page and p. 70.


NMM 3436. Mandolone attributed to the Vinaccia family, Naples, ca. 1775. Ex coll.:  Bisiach, Milan. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.

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Salterio

NMM 14421. Salterio by Salvador Bofill, Barcelona, 1760. Outer case with painted decoration by Diego Díaz y Valle, Cascante, 1772. Ex coll.: Erich Lachmann Collection, UCLA. Vinatieri Acquisitions Fund and Board of Trustees Acquisitions Fund, 2009.

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Spitzharfe

NMM 6177. Spitzharfe (arpanetta) by Johan Karp, Copenhagen, 1709. Purchase funds gift of Margaret Ann and Hubert H. Everist, Sioux City, Iowa., 1999.

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