DHV:
1137
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

I, Naples ?

Maker:

Date:

17..

[illegible, handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F,

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Previous Owner:

Emmanuel Balssa; “un professeur japonais”; Sotheby’s 1979

Measurements:

Body Length:

72

String Length:

71

Rib Depth:

11

Upper Width:

34.5

Middle Width:

24

Bottom Width:

44

Information Source:

S. Moquet, 1/14; Sotheby’s (NY) 6/26/79, lot 157

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Wells 1979, p. 525; Sotheby’s (NY) 6/26/79, lot 157

[From S. Moquet 1/14: F+B, head side [color]); Sotheby’s (NY) 6/26/79, lot 157

Sotheby’s 1979/06/26, lot 157 (NY)

Back has central 8-pointed star in circle, table has matching design; extensive additional geometic inlaid designs on back, ribs, pegbox, fingerboard, and tailpiece. C holes large and not near edges. Shoulders sloping but rather square. Length of back 71.1 cm. Wells 1979: “an enigmatic bass viol catalogued as probably Neapolitan and undoubtedly dating from the first half of the 18th century.” Moquet 1/14: illegible parchment label (handwritten on 3 lines, the second ending with “fecit”); previous bridge by Jacques Francais; dendrochronology suggests 2H18C. Widely-separated double purfling on back (not sure about front); diagonal top edge of tailpiece.