Violin

1761
Giovanni Battista Gabrielli (Italian, active 1740–1770)


Object Place: Florence, Italy

Dimensions

Length 58.4 cm, width 19.9 cm (Length 23 in., width 7 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1981.749

Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony

Out on Loan

Out On Loan

Collections

Europe, Musical Instruments

Classifications

Chordophones

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

Inscription

Manuscript label: Joanny Baptista de / Gabbrielly Florentiniy / Fecitiy-1761

Provenance

Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920), Methuen, Massachusetts; by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1981, gift of the estate of B. Allen Rowland, Lawrence, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 22, 1992)

Credit Line

The Edward F. Searles Musical Instrument Collection; Gift of Edward S. Rowland, Benjamin A. Rowland, Jr., George B. Rowland, Daniel B. Rowland, Rodney D. Rowland and M.A. Swedlund in memory of their father, Benjamin Allen Rowland