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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

D

Königsberg

Gregor

Karpp

Date:

1694 C

Label Text:

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Caldwell, Catharina Meints

Sound Holes:

Flame

Catalog Number:

Head:

Lion

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Tony Bingham, London, -1973

Measurements:

Body Length:

70.5

String Length:

68.2

Rib Depth:

12.4

Upper Width:

31.2

Middle Width:

22.0

Bottom Width:

37.4

Information Source:

TGM visit 5/09; I. Muthesius to TGM, 5/07; Caldwell 1974, pp. 66-7; PT visits

Literature:

Caldwell 2012, pp. 62-65; Muthesius 2005, pp. 180-82 (and letter 5/07); Otterstedt 1986, p. 44 (no. 12); Caldwell 1974, pp. 66-7

Photographs:

Caldwell 2012, pp. 62-65 (FB+S, head FB+S, treble soundhole [color]; top off]; Muthesius 2005, pp. 180-82 (with table removed; underside of table; details of worm damage); Caldwell 1974, pp. 66-7 (FB+S); [by TGM: FB+S, head FB+S (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Photos in Caldwell 1974 show sharply angled neck (not original); “The top is in poor condition from worms, cracks, and poor repairs”; lion has ivory teeth and tongue once painted red; dimensions there 70.5, 31.1/21.7/38.2, 13.0, 62.4. Otterstedt 1986 includes but with no information. Muthesius 2005: restored 2002 by Ingo Muthesius, arriving in detached pieces without neck, fingerboard, tailpiece, pegs, bass bar, and back crossbars. Muthesius to TGM, 5/07: new top block and neck joint, back barring, fingerboard and tailpiece; dimensions 70.3, 30.8/21.9/36.9, 12.3, -. TGM (5/09): 7-ply purfling on front, none on back; back and ribs likely to be birch; no corner blocks, back (now) has thin wooden linings on perimeter and at fold but cloth at center joint, plus 1 crossbar above, 2 below soundpost plate (which stops 2/3 of the way across). Caldwell 2012: 3-piece table with wedge-shaped central strip; dimensions 70.0, 30.9/21.2/36.9, 12.4, 68.2.