DHV:
621
Tourin ID:
MUENST 1

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

D, Düsseldorf

Maker:

Matthias & Augustinus

Kaiser

Date:

1703

Matthias et Augustinus / KEISER fratres, sereniss. / Elect. Palat. Instrumentorum / Opifices. 1703 [printed except 3]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

D, Münster

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Erbdrostenhof (on loan)

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

11 (?)

Head:

Open scroll

Previous Owner:

Die Fürsten zu Bentheim-Tecklenburg, Schloß Rheda, Westfalen

Measurements:

Body Length:

68

String Length:

65.2

Rib Depth:

11.6

Upper Width:

29.8

Middle Width:

21.1

Bottom Width:

37.7

Information Source:

Drescher 1990, p. 302; T. Drescher to Tourin, 3/85; Reuter, 1968, pp. 136-42;

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Comments:

Drescher 1990, p. 302; Reuter, 1968, pp. 136-42

Reuter 1968, pp. 138-39 (F+B 7/8 from above, rosette from angle)

Arched back of 17 staves of walnut separated by thin ivory stripes; elaborately inlaid with black-and-white patterns of ebony, ivory, and mother of pearl on ribs, back of neck, and pegbox. Table and back with triple purfling; elaborate rosette in table. Neck long enough for 9 frets. Probably originally 6 strings, but 7th added during construction; 7 ivory pegs are contemporary with instrument. Bridge possibly original. Restored after 1967 under supervision of Rudolf Reuter. (Drescher: “Eine hervorragende 7-saitige Baßgambe aus der Sammlung des Schlosses Rheda/Westfalen...ist mit Einlegearbeiten opulent ausgestattet, besitzt einen gewölbten, aus 17 Nußbaumspänen zusammengesetzten Boden und erinnert in der Machart stark an Arbeiten Joachim Tielkes, dem sie in der Qualität nachsteht. Vermütlich ist sie unter dem Einfluß des bedeutenden Gambisten Johann Schenk entstanden....)