DHV:
1300
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

GB

London

Edward

Lewis

Date:

1684

Label Text:

Edward Lewis / in Pauls Alley / in London 1684 [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

A

Vienna

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Vázquez, José [heirs]

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

103

Head:

Open scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

71.7

String Length:

70.8

Rib Depth:

12.6

Upper Width:

33.7

Middle Width:

25.7

Bottom Width:

40.5

Information

Source:

TGM 8/21; Vázquez to TGM, 11/01 & 11/02; Sotheby’s 11/21/01, lot 276

Literature:

Hebbert 2003b, p. 39 (L2); Montagu 2002, p. 152; Sotheby’s 11/21/01, lot 276

Photographs:

Vázquez website (F+B body only, head 3/4, table ornament, details of back decoration [color]); Sotheby’s 11/21/01, lot 276 (F+B, head 3/4)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Sotheby’s 2001/11/21, lot 276

Date given as 1687 by both Sotheby’s and Vázquez. Sotheby’s mistranscribed maker’s name as “Lorris” (error repeated by Montagu 2002). Table with floral ornament and double purfling, in places now very close to the edge. 3-piece back (Sotheby’s said “two-piece back”), seemingly slab cut, with single purfling at perimeter, fold, and joints; diamond-pattern decorations in middle section at bottom, middle, and below fold (not connected), plus neck heel. Interior reinforcements include 2 low crossbars, corner blocks, and linings on joints and perimeter, plus vertical battens at regular intervals on all ribs. In 2001 had carved and sculpted tailpiece with tailgut, and fingerboard with scalloped lower edge (Montagu 2002: “new neck and fittings”); after restoration for Vázquez (completed by 10/02), new fingerboard and tailpiece with (blond) hookbar. His website dimensions 71.5, 33.2/24.5/40.8, 13.1, 72.0 (taken on back).