DHV:
9
Tourin ID:
ANON 10

Size:

Tenor ?

Place Made:

Maker:

Date:

Label Text:

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

Exeter

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

F

Catalog Number:

Head:

Lion

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Marco Pallis and Richard Nicholson, -c.1960; probably Dolmetch family before that

Measurements:

Body Length:

40

String Length:

45

Rib Depth:

10.5

Upper Width:

20.5

Middle Width:

13.3

Bottom Width:

26

Information

Source:

Owner to TGM, 4/21; D. Beecher to P. Tourin, 9/79

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, D. Beecher to P. Tourin 9/79: front, side 3/4]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Unusually deep ribs, square shoulders, but unpointed body corners and hookbar. Perhaps a composite, with table from a viola d’amore but newer ribs and back (the latter rather crudely made and in 2 pieces divided horizontally at the widest point, possibly the result of undoing a second fold in the lower bout?). Head carved by Nathalie Dolmetsch. Played in the English Consort of Viols in the 1950s, initially as an alto tuned in C but later as a tenor in G. Restored by Dietrich Kessler in the 1960s. Per owner, “It was always referred to by Marco Pallis as the German instrument.” (Tourin thought perhaps modern.)