DHV:
596
Tourin ID:
METRO 07

1629

Bass

Henry

Smith

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

GB, London (Holborne)

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, New York, NY

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Head:

Scroll

Catalog Number:

10.30.2 (formerly 89.4.3677)

Label Text:

Henry Smith over against Hatto[n] / house in Holborne 1629 [handwritten in ink, except last digit clearly pencil]

Measurements:

Body Length:

65.3

String Length:

66.9?

Rib Depth:

12.2

Upper Width:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

30.9

23.5

37.2

Previous Owner:

Mrs. J. Crosby Brown, -1910

Information Source:

TGM visit 5/01; Monical 1979, p. 15; PT visit 12/78

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Museum’s website; Fleming 2001: VME 25; Monical 1989a, p. 18; Monical 1979, p. 15; Morris 1911, pp. 166-67

On museum’s website (back); Fleming 2001: VME F25 (front, body only), L30 (rosette); cf. L83 (label [tracing?]) [all color]; Monical 1989a, p. 18 (F+S); Monical 1979, p. 14 (F+S); Morris 1911, p. 167 (front)

Neck & scroll not original; not attached to body, despite published photo. 5-piece table with rosette, 2-piece back, both with double purfling. Restored in 1935 by museum’s conservation department; soundpost plate removed and kept in separate box, in 2 pieces, with label in center. Fleming 2001: 7-piece table, double purfling front and back; dimensions 64.3, 30.8/23.2/37.1, 12.2, -. Major parts original but much damage. TGM: when seen, center joint of back wide open despite many interior cleats; also many other cracks in table and ribs. Back purfling outlines 4 quadrants. Very similar in appearance to Kessler’s “Rose” (rosette, soundholes, outline, arching, even dimensions), as pointed out privately by R. Rose (10/08 plus Edinburgh paper 6/00) and J. Pringle (1/09).