A Provisional List of Extant 16th
and Early 17th Century Citterns — supplemental handout by Peter Forrester.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017.
Back to Articles Page
Originally published in
Lute News: The Lute Society Magazine.
Reprinted by permission of Peter Forrester and The Lute Society. On-line edition updated with additions (*) and changes (§) by Andrew Hartig per Peter Forrester, July, 2017.
Augustinus of Urbino, London,V&A 10/1
originally 13 pegs, diatonic, carved.
"Amati", Museo Bardini, Florence 62.0
diatonic, 6 courses with octaved 3rd, imitates carved.
Anon, Vienna C64
6 or 7 course, 14 pegs, chromatic, carved.
Franciscus of Urbino (ex Vienna) 61.3
diatonic, carved, ex. Rothschild collection, auctioned London 1999.
Anon, Leipzig 612.
Anon, Merusaglia, Corsica.
approx. 61 .0
diatonic, 8 course, imitates carved, associated. ms. c 1720.
chromatic, originally diatonic? carved.
Anon, ex Donaldson collection, missing
large, chromatic? illustrated in Hipkins and Gibb.
Plebanus, Paris. 54.5
Anon, Leipzig 613.
Anon, Vienna C63
7 course, diatonic, carved.
Anon, private collection (Challen)
Salvatori, Paris 49.2
Anon, private collection, England.
illustrated in cat. 'Made for Music' 1986, chromatic, carved.
Piero Paulo, private collection, France
diatonic, imitates carved, late, drawing by
Patrick Delaval in 'Trac' mad', Oct., 1992.
Campi, R.C.M., London
Anon, Museo Civico, Bologna
Rossi, made in Urbino. (Current whereabouts unknown.) 42
Campi, Museo Bardini, Florence 68.0 and 123.0
12 course ceterone, chromatic, imitates carved.
* Anon, Paris E46
May be a cut down ceterone. Constructed, partially diatonic.
Virchi, Berlin, missing
cat. Staatlichen Hochschule coil., Sachs 1922.
Gasparo da Salo, Oxford
11 pegs, 5 course?
Virchi, Vienna A61 approx.44.5
"Stradivari"(?) or Virchi(?), Paris 44.4
Maggini, Vienna C62
Virchi, Paris 42.5
Anon, Paris D.32026 54.2
made in France or the Low Countries. diatonic
Anon, Brussels 1524 43.3
chromatic,11 pegs, 4 course
diatonic. Remains of two cittems recovered from a shipwrecked ferry boat at Lelystad.
* Anon, Lisbon Biblioteca Nacional MIC280
Anon, Freiberg Dom
42.6 made for statues of angels, only two are fretted, chromatic.
* c. 1594
* Spring(?), Freiberg Augustinerkirche
made for a statue of an angel. Attributed to Peter Spring, c. 1600. 8 pegs, scroll.
§ Anon, London ,V&A 10/2
originally diatonic. Redesignated [PF 2017] from Low Countries to Germany. "Probably made in Cologne."
* Michael Bochem, Oxford
* Several more citterns by the Bochem family are extant, in Paris and elsewhere
chromatic, 6 course? only finger board survives from Armada shipwreck.
Uncertain - possibly English?
Petrus Raitta?, Vermillion approx. 34
chromatic.8 pegs, 4 courses.
How to cite this page: Forrester, Peter. "A Provisional List of Extant 16th and Early 17th Century Citterns." Renovata Cythara: The Renaissance Cittern Site. Ed. Andrew Hartig.
08 August 2017.
18 May 2022.