Archlute

The archlute was a version of the lute with six or seven strings added to the bass. Cristoforo Choc may have made this undated archlute during the 1650s. Two similar instruments of his survive, both dated 1654. Choc traded under the sign of 'Il Aquila Doro' (the golden eagle) in Venice, and is thought to have been German, like most other luthiers working in Italy at the time. The neck of this instrument is lavishly decorated with engraved ivory plaques, and it was probably intended for a rich amateur rather than a professional musician.