DHV:
26
Tourin ID:
ASHMOL 5

Size:

Tenor

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

John

Rose

Date:

1598

John Rose / 1598 [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, Oxford

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Ashmolean Museum

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

WA1939.33 (Ash.06); Boyden 5

Head:

Male

Previous Owner:

Messrs. Arthur and Alfred Hill, London, 1916-1939

Measurements:

Body Length:

55.1

String Length:

59.1

Rib Depth:

11.6

Upper Width:

25.6

Middle Width:

18

Bottom Width:

32.1

Information Source:

Fleming 2001; PT visit 6/77; Boyden 1969, p. 11

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Comments:

MacCracken 2011, p. 63 (FB+S); Fleming 2011, pp. 62-69, 78-79; Fleming 2009, p. 119; Topham 2002, p. 251; Fleming 2001: VME 20; König 1985, p. 31; Pringle 1978, pp. 507-8; Boyden 1969, p. 11

Fleming & Bryan 2016, pl. 9 (head 3/4 and 3 details [color], p. 67 (label), p. 85 (purfling details); Fleming 2011, pp. 62-69 (front 3/4, both sides, F+B body only, head FB+S, bottom rib, details of decoration, label (color); Fleming 2009, p. 129 (front [color]); Whiteley 2008, p. 15 (front [color]); Fleming 2001: VME F20 (front, body only [color]); Traficante 2001, p. 419; König 1985, p. 46-47 (FB+S); Charlton 1985, pl. 4 (front, head front); Harwood 1981, p. 472 (front); Pringle 1978, pp. 502 (label), 507 (B+S body only, head side); Boyden 1969, pl. 5 (FB+S, head FB+S); Baines 1966, pl. 94-96 (front, front 3/4, head side)

Baines 1966, p. 18: “Belly, neck and fittings are replacements by Messrs Hill, c. 1900. Original head”; body length 54. Boyden 1969: “small bass (lyra) viol” (Tourin: bass); dimensions 58.7 [sic: including neck heel?], 25.3/18.0/32.3, 11.4, 59.1. 2-piece table by Hill & Sons, before 1900; also fingerboard and tailpiece, neck and pegs; pegbox and head original (notes to drawing by John Pringle [1978], on Hill & Sons letterhead, say old but not integral). Ribs and back of bird’s-eye maple, double purfling front and back. König 1985: dimensions 55.0, 26.2/18.5/31.8, 11.3, 58.5 (??). Fleming 2001: double purfling on front (not original) and back. Topham 2002: dates of youngest ring in table are 1863 (bass) and 1864 (treble); pieces probably from adjacent positions of the same tree. Fleming 2011: label seems original, but different handwriting from Paris Rose tenor. Back and ribs slab cut, with extensive decorations, “aesthetically sophisticated ... workmanship of the highest quality” though still not perfect. All interior fittings new; head originally painted and gilded, “has clearly had an earlier life on another instrument”; pegbox extensively decorated (foliage on sides, 16C-style abstract pattern on back).