Matteo Bente Faciebat / Brexcia / Anno a Christo / Nato / M D L XXXIIII [printed] / 1584 [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
Robert Loy, Portland, Oregon, 1994-2001; John Matthews, Baltimore and Maine, mid-1960s to 1994; William Post Ross, Boston
TGM visit 5/02; letter from R. Loy to current owner
Herzog 2003, IT-44
[By TGM: FB+S, head side (color)]
2-piece table and back, both with single purfling, latter of slab-cut birch, flat with no fold. Tailgut; no crossbars on back except soundpost plate. Restored by William Monical, 1996: new neck, pegbox, and scroll (latter copied from cello by Jacob Horril, c. 1730). Previously had 7 strings and putto head (this incarnation perhaps 19th-C. Austrian work?); more recent repairs by Kellischek and Bouman in 1960s. Monical’s attribution primarily based on varnish, nearly 100% original; instrument may originally have been a bassetto.