DHV:
1378
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

D

Berlin

Jacob

Meinertzen

Date:

1701

Label Text:

Jacob Meinertzen / konigl. Hoff. Viol di gamb- / [und] Lautenmacher in Berlin 1701 [printed except 01)

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

D

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

[Private owner in Switzerland]

Measurements:

Body Length:

67.5

String Length:

63.0

Rib Depth:

Upper Width:

30.6

Middle Width:

23.2

Bottom Width:

38.0

Information

Source:

T. Muthesius to TGM, 2-3/03, 7/15

Literature:

Meyer 2015, p. 46

Photographs:

Meyer 2015, pp. 47-51 (FB+SS, F+B body only, head FB+SS, label [color]); [unpublished, from T. Muthesius 11/10: label (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Muthesius: carved back; neck not original (“cello-like...too narrow” and evidently short). Double purfling on front, single on back, no ivory or bone edging. Fingerboard “more or less plain”. Meyer 2015: earliest known (bowed string) instrument by a Berlin builder; body dimensions and soundhole proportions show French influence; old neck graft suggests former owner wanted the feel of a cello neck; wood and craftsmanship of high level; pegbox with carved back and sides; brown fingerboard and tailpiece with black edging. Very full sound despite many repairs; last 2 digits of date now legible only under magnification as deformations to the paper;.