DHV:
323
Tourin ID:
GRUN 1

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

Edward

Lewis

Date:

Giovanni Grancino / in Milano 1624 [printed]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CDN, Halifax, NS

Sound Holes:

F

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Wolfgang Grunsky, Toronto-Rexdale, Ontario; bought in 1942 or 3 from Hamma, Stuttgart; they found it in Paris

Measurements:

Body Length:

75.5

String Length:

70.5

Rib Depth:

13.5

Upper Width:

33.3

Middle Width:

24.1

Bottom Width:

41.5

Information Source:

F. Beaulieu to TGM, 11/12; M. Grunsky (son) to TGM, 2/10; W. Grunsky to Tourin, 2/77

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Hebbert 2001, p. 308 (X:07)

[Unpublished, from F. Beaulieu, 11/12: head FB+S, label, table ornament, details of neck-body join, also external and internal of recut soundholes (color)]; [unpublished, from M. Grunsky 2/10: FB+S, head front + 3/4, partial views of table ornament, label (color)]

Diamond-pattern decoration on back nearly matches Vázquez’s Lewis, and floral carving within V at neck heel also found on most Lewis basses, which however are all about 10% smaller. Double purfling on table and back; wooden end pin and tail gut; photos show fine tuner for top string. Current neck apparently narrower than original, and set into table, so black wooden spacers on each side of joint with ribs. Hebbert to TGM 2/10, based only on photos: soundholes perhaps not original, recut from C’s [later confirmed by F. Beaulieu]; thin edge purfling typical of Lewis, and ornament plausibly his as well, so table can’t be a replacement. (Formerly attributed to Norman or his school by G. Hellwig, according to letter from M. Robb to P. Tourin, 1977. Hebbert 2001: table ornament similar to Norman’s work, but back decoration not, nor dimensions.) Repair label: “Repariert von H. Eckart in Mannheim 1844”.