DHV:
1073
Tourin ID:

1591

Bass

Richard

Blunt

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

GB, London

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CH, Zurich

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Museum Bellerive

Head:

Dragon

Catalog Number:

1963-60, 5

Label Text:

Richard / Blunt / in London / 1591 [handwritten], with three vertically aligned dots between each pair of words

Measurements:

Body Length:

71.8

String Length:

68.7

Rib Depth:

12.7

Upper Width:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

34.9

24.2

41.6

Previous Owner:

Sammlung Hug, Zurich

Information Source:

TGM visit 7/05; T. Drescher to TGM, 8/01; König 1985, pp. 88-9

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Comments:

König 1985, pp. 88-89

On museum’s website (front); MacCracken 2011, p. 77 (FB+S); König 1985, p. 88 (front, and head side); [by TGM: FB+S, head F+S, neck heel F+S, rib details, label (color)]

Martius (based on examination 2007): 4-piece table, carved, with painted purfling, fairly high arching, and new bass bar; probably 18th-C. 3-piece back of plum (?) with double blond purfling, coarse linen lining, 3 new crossbars and original soundpost plate glued to a thick new one; ribs also of plum, with unmitred corners and no corner blocks. Top block original, bottom block perhaps also. Head possibly original; neck and pegbox (with two grafts) probably from 1930s-50s; all fittings new including tailgut and button replacing hookbar. Dimensions: 71.9, 34.9/24.2/41.4, 12.4, -. TGM adds: 2-piece table with 2 wings and inked purfling (2 lines), high arching, C-holes very vertical. 3-piece back of fruitwood, with 2 separate tracks of light purfling on perimeter only. Neck angled back sharply, rather narrow and rounded; pegbox unfluted; tailgut to button replacing original hookbar; bridge by “Atelier Musik Hug Zurich”. Label runs along soundpost plate (not across), perhaps repositioned due to cloth lining all across back; 2 crossbars above, 1 below. Drescher (based on visit 8/96): table probably of 4 pieces with wings in lower bouts, and painted purfling. Back 4-piece (sic), of dark wood (plum?), with inlaid purfling of two light stripes. “Massive” soundpost plate plus one other cross brace below and two above; large parts of back (and table) covered with coarse cloth (new?); very small corner blocks. Neck and pegbox new; lion head probably old. Museum data sheet: restored in 1986 “durch Hernn Wieser, Musik-Hug”; dimensions 71.9, 33.1/23.0/41.0, 12.4,- (taken on back). König 1985 dimensions -, 34.7/24.2/41.5, 13.0, 69.0 (taken on front).