Edward Lewis att / the Harp in St Pauls / Allay in London 1714 [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
Bonhams: “The instrument was purchased by our client’s grandmother about 30 years ago, who was a Cellist at the RAM.”
Owner to TGM, 11/05
Moyal 2019; Bonhams, 10/31/05, lot ?219
Moyal 2019 ( damaged; body open, underside of table [color]); [Bonhams, 10/31/05, lot 219: seen online]; [unpublished, from owner 8/13: F+B body only, S full, upper back, C-bouts (before restoration); F+S, back 3/4, front body only (after restoration); label (all color)]
Bonhams, 2005/10/31, lot 219
Arched back with fold; pointed corners, rounded shoulders, and overhanging edges; double purfling on front and back. Found as a cello, changed to viol at owner’s request (new neck, pegbox, and fittings) by Amit Tiefenbrun, Israel, 2009. Dendrochronology by John Topham shows wood comes from same tree as owner’s other Lewis. Label date unclear: third digit surely 1, last digit resembles a 9, but Lewis died in 1717 so more likely a 4. Badly damaged in transit by Alitalia, 1/2018; restored by Shlomo Moyal (at airline’s expense), 2019.