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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Tenor

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

Date:

16..

Label Text:

[None]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

D

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

[private owner in Berlin, <1940 - c. 1980]

Measurements:

Body Length:

55.0

String Length:

58.5

Rib Depth:

10.4

Upper Width:

26.0

Middle Width:

19.0

Bottom Width:

31.2

Information Source:

Owner to TGM, 3/03; M. Fleming to TGM, 2/03; T. Muthesius to TGM, 2/03

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from owner: front (color)]; [unpublished, from J. Pringle: back, side, top off]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Neck by Tilman Muthesius, 1981, based on Jaye in Paris museum, with carved open scroll; this replaced what the owner calls “a violoncello neck, probably French 18th century and extended to 5 pegs”. Muthesius observes: “all Jayes I know have mitred corners, this instrument not; and the purfling is quite far from the edge”. Double purfling on front; fingerboard and tailpiece inlaid with diamond-patterns. Was previously used as a child’s cello. W. Monical (in conversation, from photos, 9/10): unlike Jaye in outline, arching, soundholes, and purfling, but top block has early-17C characteristics; note shadow of formerly-present label on soundpost plate.