DHV:
678
Tourin ID:
NURN 18

1724

Bass ?

Andreas

Jais

# of Strings:

5

Place Made:

D, Tölz

Body Shape:

Festoon

Current Location:

D, Nuremberg

Sound Holes:

Flame

Collection:

Germanisches Nationalmuseum

Head:

Lion

Catalog Number:

MIR 843

Label Text:

Andreas Jais, Lautten / macher in Tölz. An. 1724 [handwritten]

Measurements:

Body Length:

70.3

String Length:

65.3

Rib Depth:

14

Upper Width:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

30.5

23.3

42.3

Previous Owner:

Information Source:

Martius to TGM, 4/97; PT visits 6/77 & 9/78

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Focht 2006, p. 108; Martius 2003; Huber 1989, p. 92; van der Meer 3/1982, p. 49

On museum’s website (FB+S [color]); Focht 2006, p. 109 (front 7/8); Martius 2003, pp. 208 (label), 208 (front 7/8, back), 209 (X-ray of neck heel), 212 (underside of table and body with table removed); Montagu 1979, p. 66 (front)

Martius 2003: dimensions 70.9, 30.6/23.8/42.4, 13.2, -; extra dimple in lower bout just below soundholes; arched back “mit wunderschöner, tief ausgearbeiteter Hohlkehle” and no fold; outline nearly identical to Höss 1709 (Deutsches Museum 34566), except that one’s upper corners aren’t pointed. Unclear if originally a viol: original top block is too narrow for 6 strings; but F. Hellwig’s 1980 restoration report states “Der Hals scheint eindeutig nicht zum Instrument zu gehören” [giving reasons]. Youngest growth ring on table is 1742 (tested by Peter Klein in 1983; both halves from same tree), so it’s probably contenporary with renecking—perhaps by Jais himself, c. 1750. [Montagu 1979: originally a bass viol, converted first into a small cello and then a fifth string added. Huber 1989: Fünf-saitiges Violoncello piccolo, umgebaute Viola da gamba. Not listed in Martius 1999 (viols at GNM). Focht 2006: “ein Hybridinstrument zwischen einem Violoncello und einer Baßgambe”.]