DHV:
1698
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

Maker:

Date:

Joannes Florenus Guidantus Fecit / Bononiae Anno 1755 [printed except 55]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

A

Vienna

No. of Strings:

7

Collection:

Vázquez, José [heirs]

Sound Holes:

Flame

Catalog Number:

155

Head:

Lion

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

72.8

String Length:

74.8

Rib Depth:

12.0

Upper Width:

35.3

Middle Width:

23.0

Bottom Width:

44.0

Information Source:

Vázquez to TGM, 6/14, 12/16, 9/18

Literature:

Photographs:

Vázquez website ( F+B body only, head FB+S, rosettes, bass soundhole, bottom rib, label; front before restoration (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

When bought, was a cello conversion; at one point, had 14 sympathetic strings (plugged tuning pin holes in bottom block), so initially thought to be a baryton; no longer, but perhaps once a viole d’Orphée or violoncelle d’amour. Arched back not original, nor is head. 3 round rosettes; upper and lower bouts curve in significantly to meet center bouts. Final digits of label date unclear: 4th probably 5, 3rd perhaps also. Auctioneers thought perhaps Dutch; website says “possibly Italian”, but more likely German (only other supposedly Italian basses with flame holes are De Wit’s “Rugeri” and Fruchtmann’s “Vimercati,” both questionable).