MANDOLIN BY CLEMENT EULRY, MIRECOURT, ca 1800
A delightful, gut strung mandolin of around 1800, unlabelled but attributed to Clement Eulry.
The back is of 13 ribs of alternating figured maple and Brasilian rosewood with a decorative cap and edge liner of maple. The neck and head is of beechwood stained and varnished black, the head studded with bone buttons and fitted with 8 boxwood pegs. The head has been repaired and veneered with ebony during the restoration.
The single-piece pine belly is inlaid with multiple concentric circles of fine black and white purfling at the soundhole, with a Brasilian rosewood scratch plate and arm rest. The ebony fretboard is a replacement and carries 15 fine nickel-silver frets. The nut is ivory, the bridge ebony and the hitchpins for the strings are of bone.
The mandolin is strung in gut and has a wonderful rich, bright tone over the entire range.