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Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

D

Hamburg

Hans Christoph

Fleischer

Date:

Label Text:

Johann Christian Fleischer / In Hamburg Anno 16.. [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Richard Chabit (Orphée Music), Paris, -2013

Measurements:

Body Length:

62.2

String Length:

63.5

Rib Depth:

10.5

Upper Width:

27.1

Middle Width:

18.3

Bottom Width:

35.5

Information Source:

Owner, 2/13; J. Pringle 4/13

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from J. Pringle 4/13: F+S, F+B body only, head 3/4 and back, labels (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

3-piece table with very low arching and remains of painted purfling; double painted purfling on back. Fingerboard perhaps original, tailpiece and hookbar not (replaced by J. Pringle from tailgut). Tielke-style head with painted face (white), lips and necklace (red); pegbox and neck of one piece of wood; peg for top string closest to nut; pegs not original, but no bushing of holes. Corner blocks and bass bar plate probably original, other crossbars not. Dimensions from a tracing. Printed repair label “Repareret / Carl Warmuth / Musik & Instrumentetabl. / Christiania” [i.e., Oslo]. F. Hellwig to TGM, 4/13: soundholes shaped like Tielke’s, but body outline not; head resembles TieWV 17, but coarser work.