DHV:
747
Tourin ID:
RCM 4

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

D, Greifswald

Maker:

Jeremias

Würffel

Date:

1710

Ein 60 jährig man / hat mich erdacht / auch selbst gemacht / Anno 1710 / in / Greifswald / J. Würffel / Die erste auff diese / Mannier [handwritten]; see also in comments field.

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, London

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Royal College of Music

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

44

Head:

Human

Previous Owner:

Sir George Donaldson, -1894

Measurements:

Body Length:

66.8

String Length:

69.2

Rib Depth:

9.8

Upper Width:

25.8

Middle Width:

17.9

Bottom Width:

30

Information Source:

Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 140-41; TGM visit 10/01; PT visit 9/78

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Auctions:

Comments:

Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 140-41; Mullen 2006, p. 24; Loan 1885, p. 2

On museum’s website (front [color]); Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 12 (front [color]) and 140-41 (FB+S, neck heel, printed label, interior through door); Mullen 2006, p. 24; König 1985, p. 109 (F+B)

Narrow body shape with dimples in shoulders. 2-piece table (not matched) with single purfling (but wood outside track is edging, not same as table) and inlays under fingerboard and next to hookbar; soundholes very long and thin, with no upper eyes and slight squiggle just above lower eyes. 2-piece back with double painted purfling and decoration along center joint. Hinged door in lower bass rib; neck unscrews to store inside body (!); raised marker notches for bridge feet on table, also sockets for top and bottom ends of soundpost, to ensure correct placement when reassembled. Pegbox is flat and solid except for slots where strings wind onto pegs; very small head, unisex human. Fingerboard and tailpiece of reddish wood, with rectangular inlays of subtly different color in 3 columns (FB 6 rows, TP 4 rows). Second, printed label on rib door: “Viol de Gamba; / Die erste auff diese Manier / hat mich erdacht / Auch selbst gemacht / Ein sechzig-Jähriger Mann / In / Greifswald / Jeremias Würffel / Stadt und Universität bestallter Musicus Instrumental, / Anno 1710. Rib height 9.8 at center bout; only 9.4 at bottom block. Wells & Nobbs 2007: back and ribs of walnut; fingerboard inlay of walnut and ?plum; matching tailpiece and bridge by D. Kessler (1970s); dimensions 66.3, 25.0/16.8/30.0, 9.6, 69.0.