Paulus Alleci fecit / Monacho Anno 1723
No. of Strings:
Museum of Fine Arts
Tobias Swift White, 1991-2010; Frederick Lawrence Peter White, -1991; his grandfather, Stanford White (d. 1906); his father, Richard Grant White (d. 1885)
Museum’s website; D. Kuronen to TGM, 1/09
On museum’s website (front 3/4, head 3/4 [color]); [unpublished, from D. Kuronen 1/09: F+B, front 3/4, PB+head front & 3/4 (color)]
Varnish on table much lighter than on back and ribs. Rosette. Supposedly, W. Monical believes it has always been a cello; but K. Martius (to TGM, 1/09) notes from photos that pegbox appears grafted, and to have extra, plugged pegholes: perhaps originally 5-string, “what Weigel and others call a ‘violon,’ instruments played with or without frets [and] tuned in fourths or fifths depending on the player.” Possibly by Jais, but lion not his; other candidates include Christa, Mayr, Fischer, Kämbl, as well as Alletsee; or, less likely, a maker in Prague or Vienna.