Guitar with two mandolins

Innocente Rottola1906

Sforzesco Castle

Sforzesco Castle
Milan, Italy

This model was designed and built in 1906 by Innocente Rottola for the company Monzino in Milan. It was most likely only produced to prove the maker’s skills and quality, at least to judge by the caption "exhibition trio" that describes it in a sales catalogue of the early 1900s. In 1906 Rottola, apprentice of the lute maker Ferruccio Bianchi, was head technician of the Department of Plucked String Instruments in Monzino. This instrument features a single-board rosewood back with sides made of the same material. The one-piece sound board is probably in cedar wood. The edges and sound holes perimeter are adorned with mother-of-pearl, while the three pick guards are in tortoiseshell. The walnut necks feature rosewood fretboards inlaid with mother-of-pearl.


  • Title: Guitar with two mandolins
  • Creator: Innocente Rottola
  • Date Created: 1906
  • Location: Comune di Milano - Museo degli Strumenti Musicali
  • Physical Dimensions: w31 x h96.5 x d8.1 cm (Complete)
  • Type: Musical instrument
  • Rights: Comune di Milano - Raccolte Artistiche del Castello Sforzesco.
  • External Link: http://strumentimusicali.milanocastello.it/
  • Medium: Cedar (?), walnut, rosewood, bone, mother-of-pearl, tortoiseshell
  • Art Form: Musical instrument
  • Original title: Chitarra con due mandolini
  • Artist Nationality: Italian
  • Artist Birth Date: Documented since 1891

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