DHV:
606
Tourin ID:
MFA 7, LOAN 10

Size:

Tenor ?

Place Made:

Maker:

D

Mainz

Johann Joseph

Elsler ?

Date:

1730 C

Label Text:

[None]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

Boston, MA

No. of Strings:

5

Collection:

Museum of Fine Arts

Sound Holes:

Flame

Catalog Number:

1917.1714 (formerly 278)

Head:

Male

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

F.W. Galpin, -1916

Measurements:

Body Length:

44.0

String Length:

42.0

Rib Depth:

6.9

Upper Width:

21.8

Middle Width:

14.7

Bottom Width:

27.8

Information

Source:

Museum data sheet; Loan 1904, p. 148

Literature:

Galpin 1972, p. 18; Bessaraboff 1941, p. 282; Loan 1904, p. 148; Loan 1900, p. 28

Photographs:

On museum’s website (front (color]); Bessaraboff 1941, pl. XI (front)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

2-piece back. Tourin: violin-type neck. Repair label: “Donald Warnock / Lute Maker / Brewer St. Cambridge Mass / Repaired Feb. 1962” [handwritten]. (His report in museum file notes loss of original fingerboard, hookbar, and pegs; he found “entire instrument covered with overcoat of highly colored blackish-brown varnish” which he stripped and replaced with a thin coat on table and back.) Loan 1904 called it an alto and gave date as 1750; this and attribution to Elsler evidently by Galpin. Bessaraboff 1941: small tenor viol; narrow and rounded neck too short for 7 frets, tailgut; “obviously meant to be played as an orchestra viola”; dimensions 44.0, 21.7/13.7/27.5, 7.2, 40.3; Tourin: tenor; MFA website: “tenor viola da gamba (?)”.