DHV:
796
Tourin ID:
SMITH 3

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

Date:

1690 C

Label Text:

Hendrik Iacobsz fecit / Amsterdam 1663 [printed except 663]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

Washington, DC

No. of Strings:

(4)

Collection:

Smithsonian Institution

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

65.0595

Head:

Animal

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

University of Pennsylvania, -1991; Sarah Frischmuth

Measurements:

Body Length:

68.4

String Length:

Rib Depth:

12.2

Upper Width:

32.4

Middle Width:

23.7

Bottom Width:

38.5

Information

Source:

TGM visit; Smithsonian files

Literature:

Photographs:

On museum’s website (F+B 3/4 [color], B+S body only, head front, soundhole, rosette); [unpublished, from museum: B+S, soundhole, rosette, head]; [by TGM: front (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Modified to a cello, probably in late 19C. Museum dimensions 68.6, 32.4/23.7/38.5, 12.1. In poor condition: severe worm damage, also cracks, missing pieces (including fingerboard), and open joints. 5-piece table with rosette, 2-piece back. Linen linings, no corner blocks. Moens 1994 attributes this viol to Pieter Rombouts (step-son and pupil of Jacobs). Museum’s website: “made by an unknown maker in London, England, about 1690,” with a reproduction Jacobs label; many indications of English origin, including body proportions and arching geometry, 5-piece table, double purfling plus geometric decorations [= inlaid diamond patterns at corners of table and back plus along center joint of back], and mitered body corners. Unusual in having fragments of 2 back crossbars, held by vertical lining cleats. “Naive lion head.”