# of Strings:
Johann Seelos, in Linz, 1691
Vázquez website; Sotheby’s 11/4/98, lot 153
Montagu 1999, p. 165; Sotheby’s 11/4/98, lot 153
Vázquez website (F+B, body only [color]); Sotheby’s 11/4/98, lot 153 (front)
Sotheby’s 1998/11/04, lot 153
Back is two-piece with medium curl ascending from the joint; ribs similar; table of fine even grain; varnish golden-brown. C-holes very thin, and not perfectly symmetrical (left is more upright and positioned higher). Dendrochronological testing by Peter Klein shows youngest year-ring on table dates from 1668; both halves come from the same tree. Sotheby’s body length of 72.1 probably taken on the back; string length was then 68.9.