DHV:
888
Tourin ID:
VIC 12, KENS 8

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

Maker:

Date:

Gasparo da Salo in Brescia

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

London

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Victoria & Albert Museum

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

167-1882

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Carl Engel (in 1876)

Measurements:

Body Length:

66

String Length:

63.5

Rib Depth:

13.5

Upper Width:

31

Middle Width:

23.5

Bottom Width:

35.5

Information Source:

PT visit 6/77

Literature:

Museum website (front 3/4); Hellwig 1980, p. 314; Baines 1968, p. 7; Mucchi 1940, p. 203; Engel 1876, p. 69

Photographs:

On museum’s website (front 3/4, head 3/4, fingerboard [color]); Hellwig 2011, p. 355 (fingerboard [color]); Woodfield and Robinson 1980, 19:800, fig. 11b (front 7/8); Baines 1968, fig. 5 (front 7/8); Mucchi 1940, pl. XXXIV (front); Engel 1876, p. 69; Engel 1872, p. 23 (no. 170)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Composite instrument. Pegbox grafted to neck; modern tailpiece of ivory. Fingerboard by Tielke (Hellwig 1980, no. 129, c. 1708; Hellwig 2011, TieWV 147, c. 1704), with tortoiseshell marquetry on ivory veneer: reverse-color counterpart of TieWV 146. Display label 10/01: “body has been variously attributed to Richard Meares...and Michel Colichon....” Website: “It is uncertain whether, in its current form, this was used seriously as a playing instrument or was just treated as an ornament to hang on a wall. ... Date: ca. 1850 (assembled)” Fat C-holes, placed high; single thick, black purfling; coin-sized hole in lower treble rib.