René Lacôte of Paris - Place des Victoirea no. 3.

  • Year:

    1828 - as written on the label.

  • Body:

    The back and sides are of beautiful satinwood; a one-piece back with three tall, scallop-ended back bars and single sides. The timber is rich in colour with attractive figuring. There is an original strap button at the bottom.
    Total length: 950mm
    Body length: 428mm
    Top bout:- 230 mm wide & 81 mm deep.
    Waist:- 166 mm & 84 mm deep.
    Bottom bout:- 298 mm wide & 85 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, on a Mirecourt-style head.

  • Scale:

    630mm with 17 frets; six of which are set into the front.

  • Neck Width:

    46mm nut width with 39 mm string spacing

  • Weight:

    935 grams

  • Condition:

    This instrument is 192 years of age and is in amazing condition for that length of time and unusually appears to be free of significant cracks.
    The front has slight separation of the centre seam and has two very small cleats visible underneath between bridge and sound-hole.
    The bridge, although original in design, is not the original - and there is a light patch under the bridge where presumably it had come unglued at some stage and may have caused some minor damage; perhaps around the tuning peg holes. The head, vee-joint, neck, fingerboard and machine tuners are all in very good condition.

  • Comments:

    René Lacôte was a highly important French guitar maker whose instruments were played by the most prominent players of that era. With the Mirecout-style machine tuner head, this guitar was likely made for the British market.
    For a player specialising in the 19th century composer repertoire, this is an authentic treasure with feel and sound characteristic of the period.

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  • Price:
    Sold August 2020
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