Royal College of Music
No. of Strings:
Sir George Donaldson, from at least 1885 to between 1900 and 1925
Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 136-37; TGM visit 10/01; PT visit 9/78
Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 136-37; Mullen 2006, p. 24; Hebbert 2003b, p. 39 (L5); Loan 1885, p. 2
Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 136-37 (front; back body only); [unpublished, from museum: F+B]
2-piece table with floral ornament including heart (whose upper-right section is incompletely cross-hatched) but no fleurs-de-lys at corners; 3-piece back with extensive inlay along center piece (3 main groups of diamonds with connecting material, plus relief carving along joints: similar to Lewis viols in Paris and Brussels museums); double purfling front and back; ribs plain. Back has crossbars below and above soundpost plate, plus a vertical bar from latter to neck heel (unlikely to be original). Bottom block trapezoid shape, top block covered with cloth (?). Currently has cello neck; unrepaired worm damage to table; evidence of multiple repairs, and in need of more. Wells & Nobbs 2007: dimensions 66.0, 32.4/23.9/38.7, 11.4, 62.0.