DHV:
880
Tourin ID:
VIC 04

1688

Bass

John

Baker

# of Strings:

(4)

Place Made:

GB, Oxford

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, London

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Victoria & Albert Museum

Head:

Scroll

Catalog Number:

171-1882

Label Text:

Jno. Baker / Oxon 1688 [handwritten]

Measurements:

String Length:

61

Total Length:

108

Body Length:

68.5

Upper Width:

32

Rib Depth:

12.2

Middle Width:

23

Bottom Width:

39

Previous Owner:

Carl Engel (in 1876)

Information Source:

Baines 1968, p. 4

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Auctions:

Comments:

Vannes 1999, p. 17; Baines 1968, p. 4; Engel 1876, p. 69; Engel 1874, p. 361

Baines 1968, fig. 3 (F+B 3/4) [unpublished, from J. Pringle: label]

5-piece table with central ornament, 3-piece back; both with double purfling. Unusually wide lower bouts; only cloth linings. Neck and crude cello-style scroll are later; modern fingerboard and tailpiece, the former inlaid with light-colored wood. On loan to Oxford County Museum in 1977 (and still in 2001). Engel 1876: “originally made with only four strings, and has evidently never been tampered with” (and similarly in Engel 1874; also in Vidal 1878). Vannes says label reads “Made by John Baker in Oxford, anno 1688”; Henley gives same text (from unspecified instrument) but with date 1692.