DHV:
133
Tourin ID:
BRIQUE 3

Size:

Treble ?

Label Text:

Place Made:

D, Munich

Maker:

Rudolph

Höss

Date:

1688 ?

Ruedolph Höß, Churfl. / Hof- Lautenmacher in / München, 16 [printed]; plus illegible handwritten digits, perhaps 88

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, New York, NY

Sound Holes:

Flame

Collection:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

No. of Strings:

5

Catalog Number:

89.4.947

Head:

Cupid

Previous Owner:

Count Eugène de Bricqueville, Versailles, -after 1895

Measurements:

Body Length:

42.5

String Length:

42.5 ±

Rib Depth:

6.8

Upper Width:

21.4

Middle Width:

14.8

Bottom Width:

25.3

Information Source:

TGM visit 3/05; Bricqueville 1895, p. 6; Bricqueville 1893, p. 6

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Comments:

Museum’s website; Gétreau 1996, p. 282; Brown 1902, p. 65; Bricqueville 1895, p. 6; Bricqueville 1893, p. 6

On museum’s website (FB+S, head 3/4, bass C-hole); Brown 1902, facing p. 64 [by TGM: FB+S, head front (color)]

2-piece table with narrow ebony edging; 2-piece back of bird’s-eye maple without purfling or clear fold line. Fingerboard has integral wedge. Soundholes similar to other Höß 5-string instruments, but stubbier at upper ends. 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Brown 1904: “Alto or small tenor viol...deep model.... Maker, Rudolph Churst,” but no date; “From the collection of the Count de Bricqueville.” Bricqueville: “Ténor de viole ... magnifique tête d’amour”; date 1620 [NB, can’t be right]; museum’s website classifies it as a “viola da braccio, mid 18th century, Germany” (Tourin: tenor). Not included in Monical 1979; catalogue card (based on his report) says: “Maker: unknown. Good original label does not belong with this instrument”; 18th C. neck and head probably not original. Old cat. card: restored 1938-39: ribs reinforced, cracks repaired, new bridge, frets, strings; on underside of tailpiece: “Restored Nov. 1938 by Fred J. Markert, Metropolitan Museum of Art, N.Y. City N.Y.”