Dance master's violin

1753
Christian Phillip Blumenhagen (German, active mid-18th century)


Object Place: Hanover, Germany

Dimensions

Length 40 cm, width 8.6 cm (Length 15 3/4 in., width 3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

17.1710

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Violin form. Body (back and ribs), neck and peg-box carved out of solid piece of maple. Belly of soft pine with f-holes. Both back and belly are highly arched. Finger-board of ebony. Tail-piece attached to ivory tail-pin. Four strings; movable bridge, pegs of simplified violin pattern. Bass-bar and sound-post. Light yellow varnish.

Inscription

Manuscript label: Christ; Phil: Blumenhagen / Fecit Ao. 1753

Provenance

Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection