DHV:
1191
Tourin ID:

Size:

Treble ?

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Richard II

Meares

Date:

1718

Ricardo Meares ... 1718 ? [probably Richardus Meares, / Instrument. Music. Fabric. in area . Boreali D. Pauli apud Londinates]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Provo, UT

Sound Holes:

C ?

Collection:

Brigham Young University

No. of Strings:

5

Catalog Number:

920025701 (formerly 0116)

Head:

Cherub

Previous Owner:

Lotta van Buren, -1955; Brownsea Castle Collection, -1927

Measurements:

Body Length:

35.7

String Length:

32.4 ?

Rib Depth:

4.8

Upper Width:

15.4

Middle Width:

10.8

Bottom Width:

19.4

Information Source:

H. Powley to TGM, 1995 + 2008; Loveless 1956, pp. 10, 12, 14-15

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Hebbert 2003b, pp. 45-46; Hebbert 2001a, pp. 46-48; Loveless 1956, pp. 10, 12, 14-15

[Unpublished, from H. Powley 1/08: front, F+B 3/4 body only, neck+head 3/4, etc. (color)]; Loveless 1956, pl. 1 (front), fig. 2 (fingerboard)

Hebbert 2001a (Meares) argues this is a viola d’amore, by Meares II (label matches that in Met’s composite Lewis viol, and in Ben’s own violin); cf. the Wamsley “treble” at MMA, 1990.218.2. Loveless 1956: “purchased from the Brownsea Castle collection by Mr. Van der Straeten for Miss Van Buren.” Fingerboard has metal inlay; sound holes are crescents; 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Dimensions taken on back, in inches (string length “12 5/4,” obviously an error, perhaps correctly 12 3/4). Handwritten comments on database printout provided by H. Powley (1995): Body riddled with worm damage; both table and back have been relined (laminated). Scroll and (heavily restored) pegbox don’t belong to neck; soundholes may have been recut. From photos: white (ivory?) edging to table and at rib corners; back seemingly 1-piece.