Johann Ulrich / Fischer Laudt und / [Geig?] macher / in Lands- / [hut] ----- 1720 [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
Royal Ontario Museum
R. S. Williams, Toronto, -1913; Edward John Payne, -1904
TGM visit 1/07; PT visit 10/78; Cselenyi 1971, p. 13
Catch 1997, p. 132; Young 1980, p. 124; Cselenyi 1971, p. 13; Payne 1889, pp. 101, 103
Young 1980, p. 124 (front 3/4, head side); Cselenyi 1971, p. 13 (front 3/4, head side); [by TGM: FB+S, label (color)]
Center bout delimited by 2 inner (rather than outer) corners, with undulations between them; middle body widths 23.1 at upper corner, 24.5 at waist, 28.0 at lower corner. 2-piece (?) table with medium to wide grain, slight recurve, and vertical soundholes; 2-piece, slab-cut back with no clear fold line; no purfling on front or back. Tuning pins for sympathetic strings set in a metal plate at back of (fluted) pegbox, likely not original; neck set at angle and has rounded profile, unfretted when seen. Bridge seen does not belong to instrument (has grooves for only 5 strings); fingerboard and tailpiece of solid ebony. 2 nail holes in top block; upper and lower back braces; back center joint has parchment lining with Latin text. Sturdily built and in relatively good condition despite some worm damage to ribs. Cselenyi 1971: viola bastarda; neck not original; label read as “Johann Ulrich von Lautter...in...fecit at anno 1770 [partially illegible]” (with surname and date both incorrect).