DHV:
600
Tourin ID:
METRO 11

1720 C

Bass

Edward / Richard II

Lewis / Meares

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

GB, London

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, New York, NY

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Head:

Female

Catalog Number:

1982.324

Label Text:

Ricardus Meares, / Instrument. Music. Fabric. in area / Boreali D. Pauli apud Londinates [handwritten]

Measurements:

Body Length:

65.4

String Length:

64.6

Rib Depth:

12.8

Upper Width:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

30.8

22.3

37.2

Previous Owner:

Mrs. Paul Kohnstamm, Pound Ridge, NY; (via Jacques Français); Henry Werro, Berne; W.E. Hill & Sons, London

Information Source:

TGM visit 8/92

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Comments:

Hebbert 2003b; Pollens 2000, p. 63; Kaycoff 1992, p. 6; Monical 1989a, p. 19 (F+S); JVdGSA 3 (1966): 69-71

On museum’s website (FB+S, front 3/4, head 3/4 + S [color]); Pollens 2000, pp. 54, 62 (both front 3/4, latter = middle and lower bouts only); Moens 1996, p. 24 (front); Monical 1989a, p. 19 (F+S); AMIS Newsletter 13/3 (10/84): 7 (front 3/4, back); JVdGSA 3 (1966): 70 (FB+S, head side)

Hebbert 2003b: incomplete at the time of Lewis’s death in 1717, then bought at his estate sale and completed by Meares II, hence before 1725 (when he died); table ornament exactly matches GLAS 1, tailpiece marquetry from Norman or his supplier. Pollens 2000: 3-piece back, 2-piece table (youngest growth ring = 1673); neck, pegbox not original; top, back & sides have elaborate floral and geometric purfling, back has deeply incised floral motif; tailpiece early, perhaps original. Instrument closely resembles signed [recte: unsigned] bass by Edward Lewis at RCM, London: perhaps made by Lewis, sold by Meares? Museum: dendrochronology gives dates of 1672, 1673 for youngest growth rings on table; dimensions 65.3, 31.1/22.5/37.4, 12.7, 64.4. (Kaycoff 1992: J. Peknik says it’s a composite instrument: table only 2-piece, soundholes too large, rib & table purfling don’t match, head too large, etc.)