DHV:
925
Tourin ID:

Size:

Tenor ?

Label Text:

Place Made:

D, Mainz

Maker:

Johann Joseph

Elsler ?

Date:

1720 C ?

[None]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, Edinburgh

Sound Holes:

Flame

Collection:

Edinburgh University

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

333

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

44.4

String Length:

40.7

Rib Depth:

7.2

Upper Width:

21.1

Middle Width:

14.5

Bottom Width:

26.8

Information Source:

Myers 1995, p. 39; Bevan 1990, p. 44

Literature:

Topham 2003, p. 141; Myers 1995, p. 39; Bevan 1990, p. 44; Engel 1872, no. 166

Photographs:

On museum’s website (front [color]); Köpp 2001, p. 533 (front without head); Köpp 2000, p. 151 (front); Myers 1990, p. 59 (F+S); Bevan 1990, p. 44 (front)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Elaborately inlaid fingerboard and tailpiece; strings fasten to underside of latter; ivory hookbar; 3 pegs treble, 4 bass side. Köpp 2000, p. 149: a viola d’amore, c. 1730, probably by J.J. Elsler; metal ring on bottom rib for attaching a cord to facilitate playing such a large-bodied instrument a braccio. Myers 1995: anonymous viola d’amore or treble viol (no sympathetic strings); parchment rose; body measurements taken on back. Topham 2003: youngest growth ring is 1717 on both sides of 2-piece table, but probably not from same tree.