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[private owner in Berlin, <1940 - c. 1980]
F. Lehringer to TGM, 3/03; M. Fleming to TGM, 2/03; T. Muthesius to TGM, 2/03
[Unpublished, from owner: front (color)]; [unpublished, from J. Pringle: back, side, top off]
Neck by Tilman Muthesius, 1981, based on Jaye in Paris museum, with carved open scroll; this replaced what the owner calls “a violoncello neck, probably French 18th century and extended to 5 pegs”. Muthesius observes: “all Jayes I know have mitred corners, this instrument not; and the purfling is quite far from the edge”. Double purfling on front; fingerboard and tailpiece inlaid with diamond-patterns.Was previously used as a child’s cello. W. Monical (in conversation, from photos, 9/10): unlike Jaye in outline, arching, soundholes, and purfling, but top block has early-17C characteristics; note shadow of formerly-present label on soundpost plate.