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Hieronymus Brensius Bonon.
August Wenzinger, Basel, -1996
R. Hopfner to TGM, 1/08; [TGM visit 12/06]
[By TGM, on display: front (color)]
Soundholes are backwards Cs. Hopfner: “With the instrument came a letter from 1957 from Fritz Baumgartner where he states that the examination of the varnish and the label confirms that the parts of the instrument belong together and that it is of Italian origin. [...] A dendrochronological test from 2002 gave no result.” No information available about where and when Wenzinger acquired it. Museum’s display label states that the back and ribs are of an unusual wood, “palisanderänlich”; that the purfling is also unusual (BWBWB); and that there is only one instrument with a comparable label. (Per Lütgendorff 1922, 2:59, this is an undated 5-string Viola da Braccio in the “Liceo filarmonico” [sic] in Bologna; cf. Ferrari 1987, who argues for its classification as a viol.)