René Lacôte of Paris - Rue de Louvois no. 10

  • Year:

    1840 - as written on the label.

  • Body:

    The back and sides are of mahogony - believed to be the rare 'plum pudding mahogony'; a one-piece back with three scallop-ended back bars and single, book-matched sides. The timber is rich in colour with attractive figuring. The back is doubled with a spruce inner layer. There is an original strap button at the bottom.
    Total length: 920mm
    Body length: 430mm
    Top bout:- 232 mm wide & 83 mm deep.
    Waist:- 168 mm & 87 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 302 mm wide & 86 mm deep.

  • Front:

    European spruce - very straight and close-grained with book-matched halves. Moustache bridge with six pins. The rosette and purfling appears to be of ebony and fishbone or ivory.

  • Tuners:

    Original tuning machines with rectangular, brass side-plates, ivory(?) buttons, all in fully-working order.

  • Scale:

    628mm with 17 frets; five of which are set into the front.

  • Neck Width:

    48.5mm nut width with 41.5 mm string spacing

  • Weight:

    1070 grams

  • Condition:

    This instrument is 177 years of age and is in not bad condition for that length of time.
    The front has a thin spruce patch under bridge where presumably it had come unglued at some stage and may have caused some minor damage. There are two, very tight-closed, book-matched cracks below the bridge. The head, vee-joint, neck and machine tuners are all in very good condition. The fingerboard has been re-fretted in recent times. The main elements of the mahogony back and sides rosewood back and sides are good - with an 8cm harmless, closed crack to the bottom of the back. Where the two sides come together at the tail-block, there are three short and one longer, stable cracks. There are some significant shrinkage cracks and gaps to the purfling and bindings between the back and sides which need attention.
    The original coffin case is serviceable and included. It has many of the original metal fittings but has had three modern clasps added and has been fabric-lined.

  • Comments:

    René Lacôte was a highly important French guitar maker whose instruments were played by the most prominent players of that era. Here is an example that has been extensively played by Madrid concert artist Agustin Maruri Machado who also used it on his EMEC recording of the complete Fernando Sor Minuets - see photos.
    For a player specialising in the 19th century composer repertoire, this is an authentic treasure with depth of sound and sweetness of tone characteristic of the period.

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  • Price:
    Sold October 2017
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