1570 C ?
Zanetto da bre[ssa] 1459 [handwritten, date in different ink and hand]
No. of Strings:
National Music Museum
Laurence Witten, Southport, CT, 1968/9-1984; Leandro Bisiach, Milan; Correr, Venice
TGM visit 6/95
Herzog 2003, IT-08; Moens 2002, pp. 108-12; Moens 1995, pp. 207, 210; Banks 1984, p. 14; Witten 1982, p. 487; Witten 1975, pp. 51-2; Mucchi 1940/1978, p. 161
On museum’s website (FB+S, FB+S body only, head FB+S, neck heel, bottom rib, label, purfling details, etc. [color]); Herzog 2002, p. 157 (front 3/4); Moens 2002, p. 111 (F+S, label, bass soundhole, neck heel); Moens 1995, p. 209 (F+S, label); Banks 1984, p. 15 (front 3/4)
Moens 2002: almost certainly a reshaped bass violin: pegbox and scroll heavily recut, table and back shortened in upper half, purfling redone, soundholes enlarged, new varnish; dramatically different from Brussels 1423. Moens 1995: great doubts about authenticity; certainly not from Correr collection, as Bisiach told Witten it was; almost surely a cut-down bass violin. TGM examination: cello corners (body width at upper corners is 30.9) but ribs are flush with table and back; sloping shoulders and flat back. Body length probably originally longer, perhaps 61.5. Neck, fingerboard and tailpiece, and scroll not original. Signed by the father but thought probably to have been made by the son, Peregrino Zanetto. Website dimensions: 63.5, 29.5/-/32.7, 11.5, 59.0; Banks dimensions: 63.5, 29.5/-/32.7, 11.5, -. Witten 1975: “unquestionably genuine label” (except date); “workmanship, varnish, and f-holes ... identical” to Brussels 1423. Maker’s dates c. 1522-c. 1610.