DHV:
1242
Tourin ID:

Size:

Treble

Place Made:

Maker:

D

Leipzig

Johann Christian

Hoffmann

Date:

Label Text:

Joh: Christian Hoffmann / König. Poln. und Churf. / Sächs. Hoff Instrument und / Lautenmacher in Leipzig. [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CH

Lausanne

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Dr. Daniel Bach, Lausanne

Measurements:

Body Length:

32.4

String Length:

32.0

Rib Depth:

7.4

Upper Width:

15.8

Middle Width:

11.1

Bottom Width:

19.9

Information

Source:

Martius 2015, pp. 372-73; K. Martius to TGM, 1+4/07; M. Herzog to TGM, 6/98

Literature:

Martius 2015, pp. 372-73

Photographs:

Martius 2015, pp. 372-73 (F+S, head side, underside of table, inside of back, label [color]); [unpublished, from K. Martius 4/07: FB+S, F body only with table removed, including label (color); from M. Herzog 6/98: FB+S]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Martius JCH 39: “Diskant-Viola da Gamba (Pardessus de Viole)”. Table with double purfling plus ebony edging and rosette. 1-piece back (with no purfling) and ribs of bird’s eye maple. Very wide soundpost plate, relatively small corner blocks; top block may be original, bottom block not. Mostly original, but a sawcut on the back of the neck reveals it has been shortened, perhaps to permit playing as pardessus rather than treble; now barely long enough for 7 frets. Pegbox back fluted, sides plain; fingerboard and tailpiece perhaps original (maple with hardwood veneer stained black); ebony hookbar. Very dark (but perhaps original?) varnish. Back widths 15.5/10.2/19.8. Has been wrongly dated 1719, due to misreading of the last 4 letters of “Leipzig,” the final word on the label. “Restauré 1997 / S[erge] Rinsoz / Vuarrens” [= north of Lausanne].