DHV:
607
Tourin ID:
MFA 8

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Richard

Meares

Date:

1677

Label Text:

Richard Meares without / Bishops-gate, near to Sir / Paul Pinders, London. / Fecit 1677 [printed except 77; first 7 written over printed (?) 5]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

Boston, MA

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Museum of Fine Arts

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

1981.748

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Mass. 1920-91; Edward F. Searles, Methuen, Mass. 1892-1920; W.E. Hill & Sons, London, -1892

Measurements:

Body Length:

67.3

String Length:

69.0

Rib Depth:

11.2

Upper Width:

30.7

Middle Width:

23.2

Bottom Width:

36.9

Information

Source:

TGM visit 6/02; museum data sheet

Literature:

Hellwig 2011, p. 320; Lambert 1985, pp. xxi, 467; Lambert 1983, p. 17

Photographs:

On museum’s website (front [color], back 3/4, head front); Hellwig 2011, p. 320 (head 3/4 [color]); Lambert 1985, fig. 252; [unpublished, from museum: front, F+B 3/4, head, label; from D. Kuronen 2/18: front; 5/15: back (color)]

Recordings:

Cohen et al. 1973 (Courts and Chapels)

Auctions:

Comments:

Tourin: 5-piece table with double purfling. Neck angled back significantly, not original. 3rd digit on label not actually printed as a 5: adapted (from a 6?) in different ink from that used for “77”. Hebbert: fingerboard and tailpiece from workshop of Barak Norman, after 1698. Hellwig 2011, TieWV 93: head and pegbox by Tielke, 1695-1708. On loan to New England Conservatory, 1957-65; on loan to museum 1965-91; donated to museum by Rowland’s children in 1991 (see AMIS News 21/2:8). Repair label: “Anno 1962 / Extensively Repaired / by / Donald Warnock / 2 Brewer St., Cambridge 38, Mass.” [handwritten]; bridge signed “Warnock” in ink underneath curve.