Gasparo da Salò. In Brescia. / 16 [printed]
No. of Strings:
TGM visit 7/14; Bowen 2006, pp. 8-9; Pamplin to TGM, 9/01
[By TGM: FB+S body only, details of decoration on F+B, head FB+S, label (color)]
Pamplin referred to it as his “Gasparo/Linarol (double headed eagle and liveried) bass viol that was featured in the comedy film ‘Lucky Jim’ in the 1950s.” Bowen 2006: “loosely attributed to de Salo (and labelled as such). This viol had been radically re-shaped in the upper bouts, which remodelling had been camouflaged by overpainting in various floral and heraldic devices.” R. Rose 10/11 (conversation): flush ribs but both front and back have a carved bead at edge; extra wood added to shoulders to make cello shape; 1-piece arched back of bird’s-eye maple (portion above fold is new); striped ribs of plum and maple with purfling between; neck and pegbox by R. Rose. Nesbitt thought Linarol; Rose says possibly Germanic, with soundholes originally flames; F. Hellwig reportedly thinks E. European. TGM visit: double purfling on table (disappears above upper corners), single on back; painted arabesques on upper table, coat of arms on upper back. Ribs have only 4 stripes (blond nearest table). Fingerboard and tailpiece have central reddish wood, wide black edges, thin blond purfling between; honey-colored pegs with tiny black pips.