Violin

about 1650
Mathijs Hofmans IV (Belgian, 1622–before 1679)


Object Place: Antwerp, Belgium

Dimensions

Length 59.1 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 23 1/4 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

37.1153

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

One-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Tuning pegs of boxwood. Medium-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

Inscription

Printed label: Mathias Hofman / Me ficit Antwerpen

Provenance

Before 1937, sold by William E. Hill & Sons [No. 8672 by their records], London, to Rudolph Wurlitzer Company, New York; 1937, sold by Wurlitzer to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 17, 1937)

Credit Line

William Lindsey Fund