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Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

A

Absam

Jacob

Stainer

Date:

1660 C

Label Text:

Jacobus Stainer in Absom / prope oenipontum m.pia 1671 [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

A

Vienna

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Vázquez, José [heirs]

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

104

Head:

Lion

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

68.7

String Length:

70.7

Rib Depth:

13.7

Upper Width:

31.5

Middle Width:

23.5

Bottom Width:

41.3

Information

Source:

Vázquez website; Sotheby’s 11/4/98, lot 154

Literature:

Hopfner & Seipel 2003, p. 170; Montagu 1999, p. 165; Sotheby’s 11/4/98, lot 154

Photographs:

Vázquez website (F+B body only, rosette, label [color]); Harras & Stehrenberger 2004, p. 60 (rosette); Sotheby’s 11/4/98, lot 154 (front)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Sotheby’s 1998/11/04, lot 154

Not in Senn & Roy 1986. Converted to a cello when sold at Sotheby’s; three-piece back and ribs are bird’s-eye maple; rosette on table (hidden in Sotheby’s photo). Restored as a viol by Petr Vavrous; current head is copy of one by Matthias Albanus. Dendrochronological testing by Peter Klein shows youngest year-ring on table dates from 1633; both halves come from the same tree (also reported in Hopfner & Seipel). Montagu 1999: has a Stainer label, not mentioned in Sotheby’s catalogue; per B. Schröder (via T. Muthesius, 8/19) label not original (handwriting very unlike Stainer’s), so date not valid for this instrument.