DHV:
899
Tourin ID:
VIENNA 08

Size:

Violone

Label Text:

Place Made:

I, Padua

Maker:

Ventura

Linarol

Date:

1585

1585 Ventura di Fran[ces]co Linarol in Padoa f. [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

A, Vienna

Sound Holes:

F

Collection:

Kunsthistorisches Museum

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

SAM 73 (Schlosser: C78)

Head:

Scroll

Previous Owner:

Este Collection, Castle Catajo, near Padua, 18th century; Andrea Mantova Benavides, Padua, 1696 and his ancestors

Measurements:

Body Length:

102.5

String Length:

102.5

Rib Depth:

19.5

Upper Width:

49

Middle Width:

35.5

Bottom Width:

57.5

Information Source:

PT visits 6/77 & 9/78

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Auctions:

Comments:

Pio 2011, p. 177; Beuting 2007, pp. 183-87; Carter 2006; Stradner 2002, pp. 72-73; Moens 1986, p. 34; Edmunds 1980, pp. 75, 87-88; Schlosser 1920, p. 64

Pio 2011, p. 185 (F+B [color]); Liutai in Brescia 2008, p. 67 (F+S, HS [color]); Beuting 2007, p. 183 (front [color]); Stradner 2002, p. 72 (front 7/8); Slatford 1984, 1:591, Slatford 1980, 5:586 (front 7/8); Baines 1966, pl. 64-5 (front 7/8, back 7/8); Schlosser 1920, pl. XVIII (front, back 7/8); [www.rimab.ch: FB+S body only, bottom rib, bass soundhole, head F+S, label, etc. (color; seen 5/13)]

Beuting 2007: dendrochronology gives date of 1537 for the youngest growth ring on table. Carter 2006: “in remarkably clean and seemingly intact condition”; soundpost, its plate, and bass bar not original. Appearance more modern than C71 (by F. Linarol): no forward-sloping shoulders, greater neck angle, and table arching more typical of 17th century; but details of neck and pegbox are similar. Estimated SL 106-110 (“perfect for a G/A tuning”). Dendrochronological dating of table: 1581 [but see above]. Moens 1986: table slightly cut down, probably from an 18th-C. Bohemian [contra]bass; ribs and back don’t belong together; neck, fingerboard, and pegbox created for this combination; same purfling on old and newer parts, so not original to either. Edmunds 1980 dimensions 100.0, 49.5-/-58.0, 20.0, 106-110 (Edmunds 1994: SL 108). Baines 1966: nearly original condition; body length 100. Schlosser 1920: inlaid fingerboard and tailpiece. Witten 1975, p. 43: “the latest extant and the only known instrument signed by Ventura at Padua”; SHRIN 1, though smaller, is “virtually identical in every detail including the wood.” Stradner 2002: Benavides collection begun by Marco (d. 1582), inherited by his nephew Pietro, then by Pietro’s son Claudio, grandson Gaspare, and great-grandson Andrea (d. 1711). Bow SAM 86 probably belongs to this viol. [www.rimab.ch dimensions: 99.5, 49.1/36.9/57.8 (on back), 19.2, 107.5 (sic)] Pio 2011, p. 177: “surprising stylistic similarities to bass viol NMM 3377 (scroll, purfling, choice of wood, soundholes)”; table 99.7, back 108 including button, max width 58.0, rib height 32.0 [sic, perhaps a typo for 22.0?].