DHV:
886
Tourin ID:
VIC 10, KENS 19

1718 ?

Bass

Joachim

Tielke

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

D, Hamburg

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, London

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Victoria & Albert Museum

Head:

Scroll

Catalog Number:

168-1882

Label Text:

Measurements:

String Length:

66.5

Total Length:

Body Length:

67.5

Upper Width:

30.3

Rib Depth:

11.8

Middle Width:

22.3

Bottom Width:

37.5

Previous Owner:

Simon Andrew Forster, at least by 1864; John Cawse, 1835 [latter name and date written in ink, under tailpiece]; “a respected merchant and music-lover in Hamburg”,” c. 1783.

Information Source:

Hellwig 2011, pp. 367-70; PT visit 6/77

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Comments:

Hellwig 2011, pp. 45, 367-70; Holman 2010, pp. 195-96, 292; Catch 1989, pp. 4-5; Coates 1985, pp. 48-51; Hellwig 1980, pp. 321-6; Baines 1968, p. 6; Engel 1876, p. 68?; Engel 1874, pp. 336-7; Engel 1872, p. 24 (no. 180)

On museum’s website (front 3/4); Hellwig 2011, pp. 367-70 (FB+S, BSS body only, FB+TP, rosette [color]); Hellwig 1980, 94, 100, 321-6 (front 3/4, back 3/4, rib details); Baines 1968, fig. 7 (F+B 3/4); Engel 1874, pp. 336-37; Sandys & Forster 1864, pl. 49-50 (F+B 7/8))

Hellwig 2011, TieWV 164; Hellwig 1980, no. 135. 2-piece table with ebony/ivory edging, single purfling, and (ivory) rosette; arched back and ribs of (unvarnished) palisander: back with a wider central strip and three narrower on each side (the outermost divided by the C bouts) separated by wide ivory stripes, all extensively decorated with inlaid ivory scenes. Scroll and tuning machines (by Baker, London) from second quarter of 19th century; pegbox, neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece veneered with tortoiseshell with ebony/ivory decorations; 13 frets tied on neck, going past the heel; dimensions: 67.0, 30.3/22.3/37.5, 12.0, -. Fingerboard and tailpiece with marquetry of ivory and tortoiseshell, plus some mother of pearl. In ink on underside of tailpiece: “John Cawse 1835” (a painter, 1779–1862). Baines 1968 dimensions 67.5, 30.3/22.5/35.5, 13.5, 67.5? Hellwig 2011 adds: back widths 30.3/22.5/37.3; inlay of upper half of fingerboard corresponds to theorbo TieWV 162, dated 1718; this instrument advertised for sale in Cramer’s Magazin der Musik 11/1783 (extensive description quoted p. 45 [also Holman 2010, p. 196], including mention of ivory angel head and pegs).Holman adds: perhaps bought by C.F. Abel and brought to England by him; p. 292 and pl. 21: depicted in Cawse’ s painting “On her Spanish Guitar she Played a Ditty...”; played by Richard Hatton in a Concert of Ancient Music on 4/17/1845.