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Detail 

Size:

Tenor

Place Made:

Maker:

PL

Krakow

Marcin

Groblicz ?

Date:

Label Text:

Carlo Pergonzi Cremona 1651

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

PL

No. of Strings:

(4)

Collection:

Muzeum Narodowe

Sound Holes:

F

Catalog Number:

MNK IV-Sp-453 (Szulc 88)

Head:

Lion

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

59.0

String Length:

Rib Depth:

9.0

Upper Width:

27.0

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

31.0

Information Source:

A. Knast to TGM, 6/07; Szulc 1949, p. 43

Literature:

Frankowski 2016, pp. 176-80; Szulc 1949, p. 43

Photographs:

Frankowski 2016, pp. 31, 177-80 (front, F+B body only, head FB+S [color]); [unpublished, from A. Knast 6/07: front (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Converted to a (small) cello; early-Italian-style shoulders. Knast gives body length 55.5, max width 32.2. Formerly in Poznan (MNP-Id.6/406), now in Krakow. Szulc: modest work; back and sides of bird’s-eye maple; undoubtedly by an 18th-C. Krakow luthier, imitating Italian style. Frankowski: back is birch, striped ribs (central mahogany, outer probably birch); neck narrowed, and reangled with a wedge; outline altered “in some spots the edge narrowed down to the purfling in both sound plates”); repair label “Konserwacjö przeprowadziä / w Pracowni Konserwatorskiej Muzeum Narodowego w Poznaniu / Kazimierz Bendowski / artysta lutnik / 1960 rok” [= “Conservation was carried out in the Conservation Workshop of the National Museum in Poznań / Kazimierz Bendowski / artist lutnik / 1960”]; dimensions 56.0, 28.2/19.3/32.3, -, - (back widths 26.6/19.5/32.2).