DHV:
1291
Tourin ID:

1688

Treble

John

Shaw

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

GB, London

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CH, Basel

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

Head:

Open scroll

Catalog Number:

Label Text:

John Shaw, Instrument-maker in / Ordinary to his Majesty; liveth at / the Golden Harp and Ho-boy, next door / to the Fountain Tavern in the Strand, / near the Savoy, London. 1688. [all printed, including 88 and a following period]

Measurements:

String Length:

67.2

Total Length:

Body Length:

70.2

Upper Width:

31.9

Rib Depth:

12.6

Middle Width:

23.6

Bottom Width:

39.8

Previous Owner:

Desmond Dupré (d. 1974, & his widow), -1985

Information Source:

TGM visit 11/10; B. Franklin to TGM, 7+10/02

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Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

MacCracken 2016, p. 202

MacCracken 2016, p. 202 (FB+S); [by TGM: FB+S (color)]; [unpublished, from owner: front, front 7/8, back (partial), label (color)]

Franklin 2016 (Cellini Consort; Hingeston and Lupo for 3B only); Franklin 2005 (Simpson); [also presumably used by Dupré for Bach Sonatas with Dart, also numerous discs with Deller]

Table and back both 2-piece with double purfling but no other decoration.Neck, fingerboard (and tailpiece), and scroll not original. Pegbox has unused 7th set of holes; current veneered fingerboard and tailpiece replace earlier ones of solid ebony. Soundpost plate has beveled edges and looks newer than other back crossbars. Owner (in 2002) sent photo of label, and extensive dimensions (69.5, 31.6/23.5/40.0, 12.6, 67.5, plus plate thicknesses) done by an unnamed luthier. Hill, English Makers (typed notes at Ashmolean), gives virtually identical label text (leaving out “in Ordinary”) as “seen in a fine old viol by John Shaw at Puttick and Simpson’s, May 20th, 1904”; Lütgendorf also gives similar, but lacking the words “Instrument-maker in Ordinary to his Majesty; liveth” and with different line breaks; both with date 1688. (Shaw received this appointment in early 1688: see LaFontaine, The King’s Musick.)