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Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

I

Brescia

Pietro

Zenatto ?

Date:

1693 ?

Label Text:

Zanetto da Brescia / 1693

Body Shape:

Cello

Current Location:

LV

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Riga Museum of History and Navigation

Sound Holes:

F

Catalog Number:

VRVM 57335

Head:

Orpheus

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

64.0

String Length:

Rib Depth:

11.5

Upper Width:

28.5

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

37.5

Information Source:

M. Herzog to TGM, 8/96

Literature:

Herzog 2003, IT-10; Braun 1962

Photographs:

Herzog 2002, p. 157 (front); [unpublished, from M. Herzog: front, front 3/4, head front, rib detail (color); from Markku L-M 6/08: front from below, back, rib details, pegbox front and joint with neck, label (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Back and sides elaborately decorated with painted designs in gold and black; perhaps not original? Extremely ornate pegbox and head, fastened to non-original neck with screws. Double purfling on table; flat back. More likely made in the late 19th century by “Pietro Zenatto ... in Treviso anno 1683” than Zenatto of Brescia in the 16th century.