DHV:
1309
Tourin ID:

1640 C ?

Bass

George

Miller ?

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

GB, London

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, Guildford

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

Head:

Open scroll

Catalog Number:

Label Text:

[None]

Measurements:

String Length:

69.9

Total Length:

Body Length:

62.9

Upper Width:

Rib Depth:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

Previous Owner:

Guy Oldham -c. 1997 (sale via Tony Bingham)

Information Source:

M. Heale’s sales brochure & TGM visit 10/01

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

MacCracken 2016, p. 195

MacCracken 2016, p. 195 (table ornament); Fleming 2001, L31 (table ornament [color]; reversed L/R); M. Heale’s sales brochure, 10/01 (F+B, head 3/4)

New ribs, neck and head, and back above fold (also a triangular section at bottom of back). Earlier repairs by Ian Harwood, including replacement of wood on inside curve of C-holes. M. Heale’s sales brochure, 10/01: “considered to have been made by George Miller of London circa 1640” (date much earlier than other Miller viols). Back design (central grid of 7x7 diamonds without arrows plus smaller groups of diamonds each with a center-pointing arrow at bottom and below fold) also found on viol owned by T. Nakano (ex-Sotheby’s 4/3/85, lot 73, described as Meares School c. 1680), whose table ornament is one of Barak Norman’s designs (Hebbert, pvt. comm., 8/10); but back not in either his style or Meares’s (or Miller’s?).