DHV:
1667
Tourin ID:

Size:

Treble

Label Text:

Place Made:

D, Leipzig

Maker:

Johann Christian

Hoffmann

Date:

1740 C

Joh: Christian Hoffmann, / König. Poln. und Churf. / Sächs. Hoff Instrument und / Lautenmacher in Leipzig. [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

D, Leipzig

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Bach-Archiv

No. of Strings:

(4)

Catalog Number:

DLG 104

Head:

Scroll

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

40.3

String Length:

36.6

Rib Depth:

4.7

Upper Width:

18.6

Middle Width:

13.2

Bottom Width:

24.2

Information Source:

Martius 2015, pp. 374-75

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Martius 2015, pp. 374-75

Martius 2015, pp. 183 (top block [color]), 245 (rosette), 374-75 (F+B, head S, label [color])

Martius JCH 49. Table with single purfling plus an extra track of ebony, rosette, and integral bass bar (intruding into rosette). 1-piece back and ribs of (”exquisite”) bird’s eye maple; small corner blocks. Modern neck, mortised (original was nailed); grafted pegbox, originally for 6 pegs but now with 4; original scroll. Dark, almost black varnish. Clumsy handwriting of label prompted past doubts, but comparison with JCH 39 (pardessus), confirms this is a late work by J.C. Hoffmann. Dendrochronology (by Micha Beuting) gives date of 1719 for youngest growth ring on table. Probably converted to a viola by “Johann Friedrich Schäfer / Instrumentmacher in Dresden / Reparirt / Oberseergaße / N. 30” (handwritten, on treble-side middle rib; he received Bürgerrecht in 1813); “Georg Wa. Cütter / 1964” (handwritten on underside of table) probably only did repairs and/or new fittings. On loan to Bach-Archiv from estate of a collector since 2010.