Tenor viola da gamba (?)

1725–50
Attributed to Johann Joseph Elsler (German, died in 1747)


Object Place: Mainz, Germany

Dimensions

Length 74.7 cm, width 27.5 cm (Length 29 7/16 in., width 10 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

17.1714

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

Flat back of maple, in two pieces. Ribs of maple. Belly of pine, slightly arched, purfled; two flame-shaped sound-holes. Narrow neck with peg-box adorned with grotesque man’s head. Finger-board of stained boxwood. Tail-piece of ebony, embellished by three inlaid ivory discs, fixed by the gut-loop to the tail-pin. Five strings. Inside construction: Corner fillets of large radius; two cross-bars and cross-strip, 6 cm. wide and 3 mm. high, glued to the back. Bass-bar and sound-post. Dark reddish-brown varnish.

Inscription

In ink (?) inside: [illegible]; manuscript repair label: Donald Warnock / Lute Maker / Brewer St. Cambridge Mass / Repaired Feb. 1962

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