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Pietro Correr's collection

This collection belonged to Pietro Correr (1821-before 1882), a Venetian nobleman, who had himself inherited the collection assembled at the end of the 17th century by the procurator of San Marco Contarini (1632-1689). As a promoter of the Italian irredentism, Pietro Correr sold a good part of his possessions for this cause and finally had to accept a job in the railway administration. He died anonymously.

His collection of instruments was put up for sale in the early 1870's. A few instruments were purchased by the Musée de la musique de Paris, but Victor-Charles Mahillon, the first curator...

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Lute, Venice, 1600, inv. 1561