DHV:
900
Tourin ID:
VIENNA 09

1700 C

Bass

Edward

Lewis

# of Strings:

7

Place Made:

GB, London

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB, London

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

Head:

Female

Catalog Number:

Label Text:

[None]

Measurements:

String Length:

70.3

Total Length:

124.2

Body Length:

69.4

Upper Width:

32.2

Rib Depth:

12.5

Middle Width:

23.9

Bottom Width:

39.7

Previous Owner:

Rothschild family (cat. no. AR 970), on loan to Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (inv. no. LGR 970), -1999

Information Source:

M. Reed to TGM, 5/02; Christie’s 7/8/99 (Rothschild auction), lot 7; museum to TGM, 8/96

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Hebbert 2003b, p. 39 (L6); Montagu 2000, p. 681

Christie’s 7/8/99 (Rothschild auction), lot 7 (F+B [color])

Christie’s 1999/07/08

According to Kunsthistorisches Museum, neck and pegbox not original; formerly attributed to Barak Norman. Christie’s photo shows large table ornament, plus small fleurs de lys at corners of both table and back; middle of 3-piece back extensively ornamented, in a manner similar to Paris Lewis; listed as “English, circa 1700, unlabeled,” adding that pegbox (and head?) “probably a replacement.” Pringle considers it to be certainly by Lewis; has additional photos (from J. Vásquez, early 1980s) showing ribs covered with diamond-pattern inlays. Restored in 2000 by John Topham (work included filling worm tracks on table, extending ribs so front and back don’t overhang, and replacing non-original neck, including fingerboard and tailpiece; he believes head and pegbox are probably 17th-C. French. (Montagu 2000: “A good English seven-string bass viol made £43,700.”)