1570 C ?
Peregrino. F q mº [=filius quondam maestro] Zanetto [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
F. Lowenberger to TGM, 11/09
[Unpublished, from F. Lowenberger 11/09: FB+S (color)]
Restored by Federico Lowenberger, 2009: new neck (length determined by bridge marks on table and contemporary iconography) and repair of cracks and worm damage; previously restored in 1906 (including cello-style neck and removal of internal fittings) by Innocente Rottola of the Mozino workshop (Milan), who signed the bass bar. Pearwood back and ribs; 1-piece table, slab cut; no soundpost plate on back. Back dimensions 59.2, 29.1/21.1/36.6. Body shape very similar to “Bowcleffe” (”Bowelesse”) tenor viol, including highly pointed corners; Lowenberger believes it’s by the same maker (or shop) as Paris E.408, a contrabass attributed to P. Micheli. The Borromeo-owned viol is the one on which Antoniazzi (loosely) modeled his of 1908, made while working in the Mozino shop; but his date of 1540 for the original was evidently just a guess. Maker’s dates c. 1522-c. 1610.