No. of Strings:
Hellwig 2011, pp. 299-300
Hellwig 2011, pp. 299-300, 377; Herzog 2003, D-16; Sotheby’s 4/5/1985, lot 56 (back [color?])
Hellwig 2011, p. 299 (back, body only [color]); Sotheby’s 4/5/84, lot 56 (F+B)
Sotheby’s 1985/04/05, lot 56
Hellwig 2011, TieWV 073; not in Hellwig 1980. 2-piece table with no purfling, perhaps a replacement; soundholes originally C, then changed to F, later back to C. Upper and lower ribs overlap middle-bout ribs at body corners (unusual). 2-piece back, arched, with well-preserved varnish and carved ornament (with higher relief than usual) glued on at top but no purfling. Neck and lower part of pegbox new; peg for top string is closest to nut. Dating based on lion head (first found in 1689) and arrangement of pegs (last found in 1695). Provenance: Sotheby’s London, 1985 (recte 4/5/1984, lot 56); subsequently (re-)converted from cello to viol setup by Masato Sato for the present owner. Back widths 32.0/23.3/39.0. Also mentioned p. 377 as owner unknown, based only on Sotheby’s 1984. Sotheby’s 1984: converted to cello in England c. 1800; only back and head by Tielke. Apparently a new table was first made to viol outline and then enlarged to cello shape, like the back. Label: “Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis Faciebat Anno 1719”; length of back 74.5 cm.