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Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Weimar
Johann Ernst, Herzog von Sachsen (b. 1664, m. 1694, d. 1707)
Hellwig 2011, pp. 303-07; Hellwig 1980, pp. 233-6; museum to PT, 6/78
Hellwig 2011, pp. 303-07; Hellwig 1980, pp. 233-6
Hellwig 2011, pp. 304-07 *FB+S, head 3/4, B+S, bridge ends of FB+TP, neck heel, hookbar, pegs, bridge [color]); Hellwig 1980, pp. 87 (fingerboard), 106 (head back detail), 113 (tailpiece detail), 234-37 (F+B, pegbox FB+S, rosette, neck foot, soundhole)
Hellwig 2011, TieWV 079; Hellwig 1980, no. 072. Table with sickle-shaped soundholes, ebony/ivory edging, double purfling, and rosette surrounded by decorative patterns; 3-piece back (arched and bent) with ebony/ivory edging with glued-on carved ornament at top, in ivory rather than usual wood. Lion head and open-carved pegs are ivory; pegbox with open-carved back and ivory decoration on sides; fingerboard and tailpiece with ivory inlay on tortoiseshell veneer. Varnish badly cracked. Several mottoes among extensive decoration. Kinsky suggested that initials JEHS on back refer to Johann Ernst, Herzog von Sachsen (younger brother of Duke Wilhelm Ernst of Saxe-Weimar), but this is not certain. Date c. 1695. Dimensions 66.5, 29.5/22.0/37.5, 12.5, -. Museum adds provenance, and says fingerboard and tailpiece show Cupid teaching Hercules to sing, and Venus nursing Cupid. Hellwig 2011 adds: bassbar apparently original (length 38 cm); pegs are original; peg for top string is closest to nut; bridge probably also original. Back widths 29.3/21.5/37.0 over arching, 29.3/21.4/36.8 with calipers; front with calipers 29.0/21.0/36.9. Probably acquired by Johann Ernst at his wedding in November 1694, providing basis for dating; inherited by his son, Ernst August I. Conservation of ivory and other decoration by Wolfgang Wenke, 1985-86.