DHV:
1510
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

D

Date:

Label Text:

Paulus Alleci fecit / Monacho Anno 1723

Body Shape:

Festoon

Current Location:

USA

Boston, MA

No. of Strings:

(4)

Collection:

Museum of Fine Arts

Sound Holes:

Flame

Catalog Number:

2010.42

Head:

Lion

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Tobias Swift White, 1991-2010; Frederick Lawrence Peter White, -1991; his grandfather, Stanford White (d. 1906); his father, Richard Grant White (d. 1885)

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.3

String Length:

66.4

Rib Depth:

12.4

Upper Width:

32.0

Middle Width:

23.1

Bottom Width:

41.0

Information

Source:

Museum’s website; D. Kuronen to TGM, 1/09

Literature:

Photographs:

On museum’s website (front 3/4, head 3/4 [color]); [unpublished, from D. Kuronen 1/09: F+B, front 3/4, PB+head front & 3/4 (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Varnish on table much lighter than on back and ribs. Rosette. Supposedly, W. Monical believes it has always been a cello; but K. Martius (to TGM, 1/09) notes from photos that pegbox appears grafted, and to have extra, plugged pegholes: perhaps originally 5-string, “what Weigel and others call a ‘violon,’ instruments played with or without frets [and] tuned in fourths or fifths depending on the player.” Possibly by Jais, but lion not his; other candidates include Christa, Mayr, Fischer, Kämbl, as well as Alletsee; or, less likely, a maker in Prague or Vienna.