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Bowed String Musical Instruments

  • The MFA’s Musical Instruments Collection contains over 1,100 examples from around the world, ranging from ancient times to the twenty-first century. Explore a selection of bowed string instruments from the Museum’s holdings.

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  • Violin

    1641, with later alterations
    Nicolo Amati (Italian, 1596–1684)

    Object Place: Cremona, Italy

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce (attributed to Carlo Tononi in Bologna, about 1700). Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Tuning pegs and tailpiece of boxwood. Medium-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Nicolaus Amatus Cremonen Hieronymi / Fil. ac. Antonij Nepos fecit 1641

    Provenance

    1926, sold by Joseph Chanot, London, England, to Mr. V. Schliemann; before 1946, sold by Schliemann to Arthur E. Smith & Co., Sydney, Australia; 1946, sold by Smith & Co. to T.W. Kimball, Esq.; before 1969, sold by Kimball to J. Bradley Taylor, Boston, Massachusetts; 1969, sold by Taylor to Dr. Arthur Spiller, Needham, Massachusetts; 1991, gift of Spiller to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 1991)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Arthur E. Spiller, M.D.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.8 cm, width 20.1 cm (Length 22 3/4 in., width 7 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1991.73

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Violin

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

    Object Place: Antwerp, Belgium

    Description

    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

    Details

    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

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  • Violin

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

    Object Place: Florence, Italy

    Description

    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

    Details

    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

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1778
    Nicolas Augustin Chappuy (French, about 1730–1784)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Two-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. Orange-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

    Inscription

    Printed label: AUGUSTINUS CHAPPUY / FECIT PARISIIS ANNO 17 [handwritten: 78]; stamped on back: CHAPPU[Y] / A PARI[S]

    Provenance

    Before 1965, Jacques Français, New York; 1965, sold by Jacques Français to Laurence Witten, Southport, Connecticut; 1974, sold by Laurence Witten to Edwin M Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York; 1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Gift of Isabel Pope Conant

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.2 cm, width 20.6 cm (Length 23 5/16 in., width 8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.64

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1800–30
    David Henderson (Scottish, active 19th century Scottish)

    Object Place: Aberdeen, Scotland

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped on back: D. HENDERSON / ABERDEEN

    Provenance

    Before 1920s, "Captain" (?) MacGlaughlin, a Scotsman working the docks of Lynn, Massachusetts; after 1920s, William D. Maruzzi, Andover, Massachusetts; by 1983, Joseph A. and Helene W. Luongo, Still River, Massachusetts; 1983, gift of Joseph A. and Helene W. Luongo to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1983)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph A. and Helene W. Luongo

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58.5 cm, width 21 cm (Length 23 1/16 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1983.159

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1835
    Ira Johnson White (1813–1895)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of maple with medium curl descending slightly from the joint. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium grain spruce. Traditional purfling. Tuning pegs (later), fingerboard, nut, and saddle of ebony. Dark brown varnish. Traditional interior construction.

    Inscription

    Printed label: MADE BY / IRA J. WHITE, / BOSTON. [handwritten: 1835]; In ink on back: I J White.

    Provenance

    By about 1915, John A. Gould & Sons (Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers), Boston, Massachusetts; about 1965, sold by John A. Gould & Sons to Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine; 1987, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61 cm, width 20.6 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.3

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1843
    John Gee Pickering (1804–1858)

    Object Place: Greenland, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Traditional purfling with additional purfling at seam of lower bout. Neck and pegbox of maple; sides of pegbox carved with foliate designs. Fingerboard, tailpiece (later), nut, saddle, and end button of ebony; end button with pearl dot. Tuning pegs of rosewood inlaid with abalone in floral design. Yellow-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

    Inscription

    Printed label: JOHN G PICKERING, [handwritten: May (?)] / GREENLAND, N H [handwritten: 1843] / Musical Instrument Maker; in pencil near printed label: John G. Pickering / December 8th / 1846; in pencil opposite printed label: John G. Pickering / 1843 / 1843 1843; in pencil on neck block: John G. Pickering / 1843 / Good Violin; in pencil on lower block: John G. Pickering / 1843 / John G. Pickering; in pencil on inside of belly and back: 9. 63. top rebar / by J. Shirley / Hartford / Conn.; stamped on bridge: AUBERT / A / MIRECOURT

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61 cm, width 20.1 cm (Length 24 in., width 7 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.1

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violin

    mid-19th century

    Object Place: Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    1969, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Muise, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph A. Muise, Sr.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.1 cm, width 20 cm (Length 23 11/16 in., width 7 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    69.1363

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violin

    1853
    Moses A. Tewksbury (American, 1787–1860 American)

    Object Place: Chester, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    One-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs similar. Neck of maple with medium irregular curl. Two-piece belly of wide grain pine. Very faded painted purfling. Scroll has narrow ears and little undercutting. Back of pegbox has shallow channels. Saddle of ebony. Yellow-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck on platform carved from back. Very narrow liners and very small corner blocks. Bass bar angled from bass side to center seam.

    Inscription

    Printed label (glued upside down from traditional orientation): MOSES A. TEWKESBURY, / MANUFACTURER AND REPAIRER OF / Bass & Double Bass Viols & Violins, / CHESTER, N. H. / [handwritten: 1853] / MANUFACTURED 184

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58.5 cm, width 21 cm (Length 23 1/16 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.8

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1856
    Thomas Dudley Paine (American, 1812–1895)

    Object Place: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of irregular-grain spruce*. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple; shallow channels on back of pegbox and thick lip at bottom. Wide ears on scroll. Thin wedge (2 mm maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Fingerboard, tailpiece, tuning pegs, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Two lateral score lines near bottom of fingerboard. Red-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

    Inscription

    Printed label: THOMAS D. PAINE, / MUSICAL / Instrument Maker, / [handwritten: No 11] WOONSOCKET, R. I. [handwritten: 1856 / A D.]; [possibly additional illegible inscriptions on inside of back.]

    Provenance

    Before 1987, apparently owned by Herbert Goodkind (1905-1982), Larchmont, New York. By 1987, acquired by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine; 1987, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61 cm, width 21 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.6

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violin

    1860
    Ira Johnson White (1813–1895)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of medium-to-wide-grain spruce*. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard (later), tuning pegs, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Shaded red-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

    Inscription

    Printed label: MADE BY / IRA J. WHITE, / BOSTON. [handwritten: 1860]; in pencil on underside of belly: ... 1861; in pencil on bass bar: ... to Restore A. W. White ...

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60 cm, width 20.8 cm (Length 23 5/8 in., width 8 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.4

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violin

    1872
    Harvey Ball (American, 1818–about 1902 American)

    Object Place: Nashua, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of maple with medium curl descending from the joint. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of wide-to-medium grain spruce. Purfling of one strip each of dark and light wood. F-holes roughly finished. Flat slab of birch (?, probably later), 3 mm. thick, between neck and fingerboard. Tuning pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony; the pegs and end button with mother-of-pearl dots. Yellow-brown varnish. Traditional interior construction except for flat neck block with chamfered corners, resting on platform carved from back (originally footed neck?).

    Inscription

    Printed label: H. BALL, / Nashua, N. H., 1872.; in pencil on underside of belly: ... by H. A. ... [er] / 1889

    Provenance

    1872, sold by artist to William Dustin, Londonderry, New Hampshire; sold by William Dustin to Henry Brown, his brother-in-law; possibly by descent to his nephew, Earl Day Brown (1892-1980); before 1987, possibly sold by Brown to Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine; 1987, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.5 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.7

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1876
    Asa Warren White (1826–1893)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of medium-grain spruce*. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple. Fingerboard, tailpiece, tuning pegs, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony; pearl dots on pegs and button. Orange-brown varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

    Inscription

    Printed label: [handwritten: No 155] / Made by / [handwritten: A. W. White] / BOSTON 187 [handwritten: 6 / May]; stamped on bridge: J. A. GOULD & SONS

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.5 cm, width 20.8 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.5

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1890
    Charles Emery Farley (1846–1927)

    Object Place: New Boston, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of maple with wide curl descending slightly from the joint. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium-to-wide grain spruce. Traditional purfling. F-hole notches slightly offset. Tuning pegs (later), fingerboard, tailpiece (later), nut, saddle, nut, and end button (later) of ebony. Orange-brown varnish. Traditional interior construction.

    Inscription

    Printed label: MADE FOR / H. C. BARNES, Boston, Mass., / BY; printed label: CHAS. E. FARLEY. No. [handwritten: 70] / NEW BOSTON. N. H. / 18 [handwritten: 90]; in ink on underside of belly: Chas. E. Farley / New Boston, N. H. / August 1890; stamped on bridge: AUBERT / A / MIRECOURT

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.5 cm, width 21 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.2

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Violin

    1908
    Jerome Bonaparte Squier (1838–1912)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of maple with wide curl descending from the joint. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium grain spruce. Traditional purfling. Tuning pegs (none matched), fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Orange-red varnish on golden ground. Traditional interior construction.

    Inscription

    Printed label: MADE BY J./ BONAPARTE SQUIER / Established in BOSTON, 1884. / No. [handwritten: 585] A.D. [handwritten: 1908]; stamped in ink on inside of back: PRATT / ABINGTON / [handwritten: 1965]

    Provenance

    1971, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1971.1132

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violin

    1908
    Walter Solon Goss (1853–about 1925)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    One-piece back of maple with narrow curl ascending from left to right. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium grain spruce. Traditional purfling. Tuning pegs (two matched), fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Dark red-brown varnish over golden ground. Traditional interior construction.

    Inscription

    Printed label: MODEL [handwritten: A Stradivari] / WALTER SOLON GOSS / STRINGED INSTRUMENT MAKER / Copyist of FAMOUS ITALIANS, / BOSTON, MASS., A. D. 19 [handwritten: 08]; [additional inscription on belly]

    Provenance

    1972, gift of Benjamin Grosbayne, Newton, Massechusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 27, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Benjamin Grosbayne

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.5 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1972.1175

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Viola

    about 1750–60
    Possibly by Joseph Hill (English, 1715–1784 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    One-piece maple back, purfled. Ribs of maple. Belly of two pieces of spruce, finely arched, with two f-holes and purfling. Standard type neck and scroll. Ebony finger-board and tail-piece. Standard small fittings. Four strings. Tuning pegs of boxwood of the old-fashioned viol type. New bridge. Standard fittings inside. Yellowish-brown varnish.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62.7 cm, width 23.1 cm (Length 24 11/16 in., width 9 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1730

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    On View

    Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)

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  • Viola

    1787
    Gérard J. Deleplanque (French, active 1760–1790 French)

    Object Place: Lille, France

    Description

    Inscription

    Printed label: GERARD J. DELEPLANQUE / Luthier rue de la Grande / Chauffee, coindecelle des / Dominicains a Lille. 17 [handwritten:] 87

    Provenance

    1959, sold by John A. Gould & Sons (Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers), Boston, Massachusetts, to Alice E. Fulton, South Weymouth, Massachusetts; by 1984, by inheritance to Michael J. Merten, South Weymouth, Massachusetts; 1984, gift of Merten to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Michael J. Merten in memory of Alice E. Fulton

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 64.7 cm, width 22.9 cm (Length 25 1/2 in., width 9 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.557

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Viola

    1795
    Johann Michael Willer (Czech, 1753–1826 Czech)

    Object Place: Prague, Czech Republic

    Description

    Inscription

    Printed label: Ioannes Michael Willer / fecit Praga, A. 17 [handwritten: 93]

    Provenance

    1983, gift of Wolfe A. Wolfinsohn, Cambridge, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1983)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Wolfe Wolfinsohn

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 64.4 cm, width 22.3 cm (Length 25 3/8 in., width 8 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1983.161

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

    Not On View

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  • Tenor violin

    early 19th century

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    One-piece back of slab-cut walnut (?). Ribs of walnut. Neck of plain maple. Large, crude scroll. Inside of pegbox painted black. Two-piece belly of fine grain pine (?). No purfling. F-holes widen at center and have offset notches. Later tuning pegs of ebony. Fingerboard, tailpiece, and nut of hardwood painted black. End button of hardwood. Later bridge and soundpost. Later (?) thick red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck on platform carved from back, with large block along each side. Wide, hemi-spherical bottom block. No liners; ribs apparently butted to back and belly. Smallish corner blocks. Short, thin bass bar. Associated with the instrument are four old tuning pegs (three homemade and one commercial), two old bridges of unusual design (each has only two holes in center, instead of heart-type cut-out), an old removed repair from the treble side of the pegbox, a soundpost of unusual design, an old bow frog, and an old wood coffin-type case.

    Provenance

    1977, sold by the estate of Edwin M. Ripin (1930-1975), Forest Hills, New York, to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 9, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Edwin M. Ripin Collection, Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 86 cm, width 31.3 cm (Length 33 7/8 in., width 12 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.65

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, pine, ebony

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  • Tenor violin

    about 1820–40

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of bird’s-eye maple (highly arched at waist). Ribs similar. Neck of plain maple. Large wedge of maple (13 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Unusually carved volutes on scroll. One full-width channel on back of pegbox. One-piece belly of slab-cut pine (?). No purfling. Elongated F-holes, attached at upper end (originally attached at lower end also, but cut away). Tuning pegs, fingerboard, and tailpiece (all later?) of ebony. Nut, saddle, and neck heel of bone. End-button and bridge (later) of maple. Interior construction: Rectangular upper block with rounded corners. Lower end of base of neck (and possibly upper end also) has tenon projecting into upper block, apparently reinforced or repaired by hardwood peg (8 mm. diameter) through upper end of back. Rectangular lower block with rounded corners. Square-section liners, joined to back and belly with wood pegs. Bass bar and soundpost apparently later.

    Provenance

    Before 1965, Guy Moyer, Freeburg, Pennsylvania; by 1965, sold by Moyer to Harold W. Westover, Bloomberg, Pennsylvania; 1965, sold by Westover to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 81 cm, width 30.5 cm (Length 31 7/8 in., width 12 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2684

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violoncello

    about 1700

    Object Place: Southern Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    Until 1885, Richard Grant White (1822-1885); by descent to his son, Stanford White, architect of the American Renaissance; by descent to his grandson, Frederic Lawrence Peter White; July 15, 1991, gift of Frederic Lawrence Peter White to Tobias Swift White; gift of Tobias Swift White in memory of Frederick Lawrence Peter White to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 24, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Tobias Swift White in memory of Frederick Lawrence Peter White

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 118 cm, width 41 cm (46 7/16 in, 16 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2010.42

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  • Violoncello

    about 1720
    Marcus Snoeck (Belgian, 1694–1762 Belgian)

    Object Place: Brussels, Belgium

    Description

    Five-string model. Back of two pieces of maple. Ribs of maple. Belly of two pieces of spruce, two holes. Peg-box integral with neck, of somewhat narrow pattern and with large scroll. Five tuning pegs with unusually large heads. Finger-board and tail-piece of ebony. Standard bridge. Standard inside fittings. Tail-rest of turned piece of wood with long stell spike. Reddish-borwn varnish.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Marcus Broche a Bruxelles, / au Roy David, l'An 17 [handwritten: 20 (?)]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 121.3 cm, width 41.3 cm (Length 47 3/4 in., width 16 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1731

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violoncello

    1737
    Andréa Castagneri (French, 1696–1747 French)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Two-piece back and ribs of maple. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Regular purfling. Neck and pegbox of maple, terminating in carved head of bearded man with hat. Fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Tuning pegs of rosewood. Endpin of ebony with adjustable point of steel. Yellowish varnish. Internal construction: Normal modern.

    Inscription

    Printed label: André Castagneri Fait à Paris / à l'Hôtel de Soissons 173[7]; stamped at top of back and twice on lower bout (largely effaced): CASTAGNERI

    Provenance

    2006, gift of the estate of Maury A. Bromson to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 2006)

    Credit Line

    Bequest of Maury A. Bromsen

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 118.6 cm, width 41.5 cm (Length 46 11/16 in., width 16 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2006.1268

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violoncello

    late 18th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Inscription

    Engraved on scroll: EUTERPE

    Provenance

    By February 1844, used in at Holy Trinity Church (Bosham), Chichester, West Sussex, England; 1884, John Martin, Barcombe, East Sussex, England; 1916, sold at auction by Martin to a dealer, Chichester, for £7.10; sold by Chichester dealer to F. J. W. Crowe, organist of Chichester Cathedral, for about £20; sold by Crowe to Francis W. Galpin, Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1918, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1918)

    Credit Line

    Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 127.5 cm, width 45 cm (Length 50 3/16 in., width 17 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    18.656

    Medium or Technique

    Copper, ebony

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  • Violoncello

    1897
    Henry Richard Knopf (American, 1860–1939 American)

    Object Place: New York City, New York, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of maple with medium curl descending slightly from the joint. Ribs and neck similar. Two-piece belly of medium grain spruce. Traditional purfling. Tuning pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, and saddle of ebony. Metal endpin with walnut collar. Modern type bridge and soundpost. Orange- brown varnish. Traditional interior construction.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Henry Richard Knopf, / [handwritten: No. 91] New York, Anno 18 [handwritten: 97]; stamped inside and below saddle: H. R. KNOPF. NEW YORK

    Provenance

    1970, gift of the estate of Frank C. Doble (1886-1969), Belmont, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the Frank Doble Estate

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 128 cm, width 45.5 cm (Length 50 3/8 in., width 17 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1970.652

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce

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  • American bass viol

    1788
    Benjamin Crehore (American, 1765–1831 American)

    Object Place: Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    One-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs of maple with faint medium curl. Later neck of maple with wide irregular curl. Original massive scroll with wide ears, made from two pieces of maple. Two-piece belly of wide-grain white pine (seam off-center). No purfling. Large-headed tuning pegs (one later) of stained maple. Fingerboard, nut (both later), and saddle of ebony. Short endpin of maple painted/stained black. Dark red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Later neck block, but platform carved from back for footed neck. Short, closely-spaced pine triangular liners along all of back and much of belly. Small corner blocks (later?). Long thin bassbar (later?) with with additional short and wide bassbar alongside.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: Made & Sold by / Benjamin Crehore at / Dorchester 1788

    Provenance

    1902, likely included in an exhibition sponsored by Chickering & Sons, Horticultural Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. Before 1916, according to William H. Howe, formerly used at the Old South Church, Weymouth, Massachusetts. Early 1970s, purchased at auction, Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts; 1976, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 9, 1976)

    Credit Line

    Otis Norcross Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 132 cm, width 54.6 cm (Length 51 15/16 in., width 21 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1976.147

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine, ebony

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  • American bass viol

    about 1800
    Benjamin Crehore (American, 1765–1831 American)

    Object Place: Milton, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    One-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs similar. Crude later neck with crude pegbox/scroll grafted on. Two-piece belly (with wings) of wide-grain (or slab-cut?) pine. No purfling. Later tuning pegs, fingerboard, and saddle of ebony. Old tailpiece of ebony with crude inlaid 8-point mother-of-pearl star, raised lozenge-shaped piece of ivory/bone, and ivory/bone strip above string holes. Later, thick dark red-brown varnish, crudely applied. Interior construction: Later hemispherical neck block, but apparently a platform carved from back for original set-up with footed neck. Wide lower block with chamfered corners. Some liners rectangular (later?) and some shaped. Very large corner blocks. Thin bassbar.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Baseviols / MADE AND SOLD BY / Benjamin C [erased letter] rehore, / IN MILTON

    Provenance

    1975, sold by Ira Rushman to Christopher Bickford, Hartford, Connecticut (Director of the Connecticut Historical Society); 1984, gift of Bickford to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 8, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Christopher Bickford

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 128.5 cm, width 47.1 cm (Length 50 9/16 in., width 18 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.79

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine, ebony

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  • American bass viol

    about 1800
    Benjamin Crehore (American, 1765–1831 American)

    Object Place: Milton, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    One-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs and neck similar. Back of pegbox finished flat with incised pattern of half circles at lower edge. Two-piece belly of wide-grain spruce. Painted purfling. Shield-shaped tuning pegs of oak or ash stained dark brown, with cone-shaped ivory buttons at ends. Later fingerboard, tailpiece, and saddle of ebony; the tailpiece with inlaid mother-of-pearl shield. Later nut of ivory. Later metal endpin with rosewood collar. Old maple bridge of unusual design, with one diamond and one triangle-shaped cut-out in the central portion. Later soundpost. Red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck, shaped to a point and with a hole for a screw (?), on platform carved from back. Wide lower block with chamfered corners. Rectangular liners and corner blocks. Wide bassbar.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Baseviols / MADE AND SOLD BY / Benjamin Crehore, / IN MILTON; manuscript label: First / American Maker / about 1785; manuscript label: Repaired and par- / tially restored by / Joel R. van Lennep / Boston 1975

    Provenance

    Before 1925, Mr. W. Ropes; 1925, sold by Ropes to Charles L. Crehore (b. 1867) (great-grandnephew of the maker), Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts, who purchased the instrument under the advisement of Henry F. Schultz, a former employee of Elias Howe and Company, Boston. After 1925, Lucy Clarendon Crehore (b. 1871), sister of Charles L.; before 1976, by inheritance to her great-nephew, Charles Crehore Cunningham, Sr., Williamstown, Massachusetts; 1976, gift of Cunningham to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1976)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Crehore Cunningham, Sr.

    Details

    Catalogue Raisonné

    G9

    Dimensions

    Length 121.5 cm, width 42.4 cm (Length 47 13/16 in., width 16 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1976.156

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • American bass viol

    about 1800
    Benjamin Crehore (American, 1765–1831 American)

    Object Place: Milton, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs and neck similar. Seam of lower ribs does not meet at center, but nearly lines up with offset seam of back. Ivory domes (one missing) glued to ears of scroll. Back of pegbox finished flat with incised pattern of half circles at lower edge. Maple wedge (6 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard, and later wedge at heel of neck to increase angle to body. Two-piece belly of medium-grain spruce. Painted purfling, interrupted at top of back by series of four crosses and dots. Later tuning pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, and saddle of ebony. Later steel endpin with rosewood collar. Later bridge. Orange-brown varnish. Interior construction: Later wide neck block with rounded corners, but pointed platform carved from back for original footed neck. Wide lower block with chamfered corners. Thin liners and corner blocks. Bassbar runs in line with grain.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Baseviols / MADE AND SOLD BY / Benjamin Crehore, / IN MILTON; manuscript label: Made / Anno Domini 1796

    Provenance

    Before 1967, gift of Wallace Goodrich, Director of the New England Conservatory of Music 1931–1942, Boston, Massachusetts; 1983, gift of the New England Conservatory of Music to the MFA. (Accession Date: February 9, 1983)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 121.5 cm, width 42.1 cm (Length 47 13/16 in., width 16 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1983.148

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine, ebony

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  • American bass viol

    1807
    William Green (American, active 1798–1817 American)

    Object Place: Medway, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of slab-cut maple. Belly of wide-grain white pine. Painted purfling, interrupted at top of back by pattern of crosses and dots. Neck and pegbox of maple. Old fingerboard and tailpiece of maple, painted black; tailpiece with saddle and two inlays (heart- and diamond-shaped) of bone. Later tuning pegs of rosewood (?). Two later bridges of maple. Later endpin of steel. Later reddish varnish, with faux woodgraining on back. Internal construction: Footed neck with point at toe; two reinforcing blocks of wood glued alongside. Wide, flat lower block. Regular liners and thin corner blocks.

    Inscription

    Handwritten label: Bass Viols made and sold by / William Green Medway / 1807

    Provenance

    1940, purchased by Chester W. Hammond (seller's father) for his daughter in Waterville, Maine; since 1941, played by Dorothy Chamberlain, South Paris, Maine; 2009, sold by Chamberlain to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 25, 2009)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 120.5 cm, width 43.3 cm (Length 47 7/16 in., width 17 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2009.2222

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • American bass viol

    1810
    Benjamin Whittemore Willard (American, 1762–1848 American)

    Object Place: Lancaster, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of wide-grain pine (?). Ribs of plain maple (?). Later neck of maple with irregular curl. Original pegbox/scroll. Two-piece belly of wide-grain pine. Painted purfling, interrupted at top of back by a series of six crosses. Painted purfling also outlining pegbox. F-holes connected at lower end. Tuning pegs (later) and fingerboard of black painted/stained hardwood. Tailpiece of dark stained oak or ash with brass wire “tail-gut” soldered to brass medallion projecting through top. Ebony nut. Endpin socket of rosewood. Later bridge. Red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Later neck block, but platform carved from back for footed neck. Original (?) narrow lower block. Traditional liners (thin) and corner blocks. Bassbar appears to run in line with grain.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: Benj. W. Willard / Lancaster, Mass / No 60. 1810; printed repair label: Restored by / JOHN A. GOULD & SONS / [ESTABLISHED 1889] / Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers / BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS / [handwritten: Sept. 1957]; in pencil on underside of bridge: Lubde[...?]

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 122 cm, width 42.7 cm (Length 48 1/16 in., width 16 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.15

    Medium or Technique

    Pine, maple

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  • American bass viol

    1800–25

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of wide grain pine with large diamond shape in lower half, created from raised strips of wood. Walnut (?) ribs and neck. Crude scroll with no undercutting; pegbox finished flat down back. Two-piece belly of wide-grain pine. No purfling. F-holes widened at notches and connected at upper and lower ends. Tuning pegs (two extant), fingerboard, and saddle of hardwood painted/stained black; the fingerboard with four inlaid lines of bone to mark finger positions. Short endpin of oak or ash. Red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Neck projects into body deeply (not footed), resting on wood slab (about 5 mm. thick), reinforced by two screws through back. Narrow lower block. Back and belly grooved to receive ribs; no liners except for short pieces along back at waist. No corner blocks. Vertical walnut (?) slabs (about 37 mm. wide) glued to inside of ribs, spaced about 100 mm. apart. Bass bar angled from bass side to center seam.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: [illegible] March 10, 1831 / Repaird by [J S Gelland (?)]

    Provenance

    1982, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 134 cm, width 50.2 cm (Length 52 3/4 in., width 19 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.475

    Medium or Technique

    Pine, walnut

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  • American bass viol

    about 1825–30
    Abraham Prescott (American, 1789–1858 American)

    Object Place: Deerfield, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of maple with medium curl descending from the joint (becoming slab cut at edges). Ribs and neck similar. Maple wedge (5 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Back of pegbox finished flat. Two- piece belly (with wings) of medium-to-wide grain pine. Traditional purfling. Elongated F-holes with offset notches. Brass worm-gear tuning machines with oval heads and brass center rods. Fingerboard of maple (originally painted black). Tailpiece and endpin socket of hardwood painted black. Nut and saddle of ebony. Old maple bridge of unusual design. Orange-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck on platform carved from back, with one screw going downward into platform. Rectangular lower block with chamfered corners. Liners appear to be later; back and belly possibly originally grooved to receive ribs. No corner blocks. Bass bar angled from bass side to center seam.

    Inscription

    Printed label: MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, / MANUFACTURED AND FOR SALE BY / ABRAHAM PRESCOTT, / DEERFIELD, N. H. / BASS VIOL AND VIOLIN STRINGS / AND BOWS, / CONSTANTLY ON HAND. / Also--Silk, Cotton, and Oil'd Cloth / UMBRELLAS, / FOR SALE OR REPAIRED; fragment of label (or newspaper advertisement) glued partially over main label: ..[eve]ry desc[ription] ... / ... Store in this or any other ... / ...as; Sword and other Canes ... / ... Drums; Violins, Bass ... / ... with extra keys; Bassoons, Serpe[nts] ... / ... Horns, Kent and E. flat Bugles, Trum[pets] ... / ... and ... ngs and ... / .y ot... / ... [ke]ys (silver ... / ... at the shortest not[ice] ... / ... [Musical Instruments ... / ...

    Provenance

    1965, sold by Otto van Kopenhagan, cello professor at Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 27, 1987)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 129 cm, width 47.7 cm (Length 50 13/16 in., width 18 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2687

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • American bass viol

    19th century

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of maple with wide curl descending from the joint; the joint offset considerably from the center. Ribs of maple with some bird’s-eye figure. Neck of plain maple with wedge (4 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Two-piece belly of wide grain pine. Belly and back very thick and extremely arched. No purfling. Crude F-holes with off-set notches. Scroll ears decorated with small bone finial (one missing). Fingerboard of stained maple with four lines of bone dots to mark finger positions. Commercial tuning pegs of rosewood (one missing). Orange-brown varnish. Nut of bone. Saddle of ebony. Interior construction: Footed neck. Very wide lower block with rounded corners. Back and belly apparently grooved to receive ribs; some liners of short triangular pieces butted to each other. Large corner blocks, each corner joined to block from outside with eight iron round-head screws. Bass bar appears to run in line with grain.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 129 cm, width 48.7 cm (Length 50 13/16 in., width 19 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.21

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • Double bass

    1823
    Abraham Prescott (American, 1789–1858 American)

    Object Place: Deerfield, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of slab-cut pine. Ribs and neck of plain maple. Brass plate (36 mm. wide) screwed across seam of lower ribs. Back of pegbox finished flat and covered with brass cap. Two-piece belly of slab-cut pine. Painted purfling in double-helix pattern. Elongated F-holes. Iron and brass worm- gear tuning machines with shield-shaped heads and brass center rods. Fingerboard and tailpiece of hardwood painted black; tailpiece connected by iron wire. Nut of ebony. Saddle and short endpin of hardwood. Roughly- shaped soundpost with gut string attached (for easy removal?). Dull orange- brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck *?* *?* lower block. Back and belly grooved to receive ribs; no liners or corner blocks. Bass-bar angled from bass side to center seam. Narrow cloth strips lining center seam of back and placed crosswise at intervals of about 100 mm.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: Bass Viols / Made and sold by / Abraham Prescott / Deerfield, N. H., Sept. 30, 1823 / No. 33

    Provenance

    1823, sold by the artist to John Ashton, music publisher and instrument dealer, Boston, Massachusetts; after 1823, presumably sold by Ashton to the Rocky Hill Meeting House, Amesbury, Massachusetts; before 1987, acquired by Mr. Carnett, Amesbury, who indicated that the object was brought to his house from the meeting house many years prior; by 1987, sold by Mr. Carnett to Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine; 1987, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 190 cm, width 68.2 cm (Length 74 13/16 in., width 26 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.22

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • Double bass

    19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Three strings. Outline of viol type. Back of two pieces of maple, flat in lower and middle bouts, then gradually tapering toward the neck bracket. Belly of two pieces of large grained pine, arched, two f-holes, purfling. Both back and belly with overhanging edges. Finger-board of walnut, stained black. Ebony tail-piece. Normal type bridge. Neck and head of one piece of maple. Machine head with three tuning screws. Rest-pin with a steel spike. Inside construction: corner blocks of normal violin type; cross-strip 20 cm. wide and 8 mm. thick, glued to the back opposite f-holes; bass-bar and sound-post. Light yellow-brown varnish.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 180.5 cm, width 65.4 cm (Length 71 1/16 in., width 25 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1732a

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, walnut

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  • American bass viol

    1833–45
    Abraham Prescott (American, 1789–1858 American)

    Object Place: Concord, New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Two-piece back of slab-cut maple. Ribs of bird’s-eye maple. Neck of maple with irregular curl. Two-piece belly of medium-to-wide grain pine. Traditional purfling. Brass worm-gear tuning machines with oval heads and hardwood center rods. Fingerboard, tailpiece, and short endpin of hardwood painted/stained black. Nut and saddle of ebony. Old maple bridge with only two holes (rather than heart shape) for cut-outs. Dull red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck on platform carved from back. Wide semi- circular lower block. Back and belly grooved to receive ribs; no liners. Very thin corner blocks. Bass bar runs at a slight angle from center to bass side.

    Inscription

    Stamped on machine head: A. PRESCOTT / CONCORD N. H.; in pencil inside on both middle ribs: M. Lane / Concord / N. [illegible]

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 127.5 cm, width 44.2 cm (Length 50 3/16 in., width 17 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.16

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • Guitar-shaped violin

    about 1820

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of maple. Ribs made of one continuous piece, separated at bottom by ebony strip. Two-piece belly of fine-grain spruce. Edges of belly, back, and banana-shaped soundholes bound with ivory and ebony. Back and belly flush with ribs. Neck and pegbox of maple, with reverse scroll. Tuning pegs of rosewood (?). Fingerboard, heel cap, and end button of ebony. Guitar-type string-fastener of ebony with four pins and saddle of ivory glued to belly. Bridge (later) of maple. Yellow-brown varnish. Waist decorated on both sides with polychrome insects. Internal construction: Regular-type liners. Bass bar in regular position.

    Provenance

    Before 2000, a collector, West Coast of the United States; by 2000, sold by collector to Christie's New York; 2000, sold by Christie's to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 2000)

    Credit Line

    Samuel Putnam Avery Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59 cm, width 21 cm (Length 23 1/4 in., width 8 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    2000.644

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ivory, ebony

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  • Guitar-shaped violin

    1834
    Peter M. Slocum (active 1830–1834)

    Object Place: Newport, Rhode Island, United States

    Description

    One-piece back and ribs of maple. Ribs of one continuous piece. Two-piece belly of medium-to-wide spruce. No purfling. Back and belly overhang ribs. No notches in F-holes. Neck and scroll of maple. Large scroll with wide ears and steep undercutting. Tuning pegs of walnut (?). Fingerboard, tailpiece (later), nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Yellow-brown varnish. Internal construction: Footed neck with incurved sides, resting against platforms carved from back and belly. No liners; back and belly grooved to receive ribs.

    Inscription

    Printed label: MANUFACTURED BY / PETER M. SLOCUM / [handwritten: NO 39 / 1834] / NEWPORT, R.I.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62 cm, width 22.4 cm (Length 24 7/16 in., width 8 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.9

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Violin

    about 1840
    Thomas Howell (English, active 1830s English)

    Object Place: Bristol, England

    Description

    Original mahogany case

    Provenance

    2002, sold by an auction house through private treaty, London, England, to Tony Bingham, London, England; 2006, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

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    Dimensions

    Length 59.7 cm (23 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    2006.818

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Trapezoidal-shaped violin

    1825–50

    Object Place: France

    Description

    Music: Swiss Air in C with Variations by Jean-Louis Tulou, about 1840-60 (performed by Brian Clague)

    Provenance

    Before 1981, purchased at a Hi-Fi Shop on the Champs Elysées, Paris, by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.7 cm, width 22.2 cm (Length 23 1/2 in., width 8 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.765

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Guitar-shaped viola

    1840s
    Probably by D. E. Ragot (American)

    Object Place: Probably United States

    Description

    Music: Greensleeves, Traditional, (Played by Brian Clague)

    Inscription

    Roughly incised on back of peg box: Marquis de [Maire?] / J. G. / I. H. S. / 1675; handwritten label: This instrument is by / Francois Chanot / Paris 1817-1824 / W. S. G. [This label was likely added by Boston violin maker Walter Salon Goss in the early 1900s]

    Provenance

    Before 1967, Maurice Levine, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts; by 1983 (reportedly as early as 1967), loaned by Levine to the MFA; 2007, gift of Levine to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 6, 2007)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Maurice Levine

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62 cm, width 22 cm (length 24 7/16 in., width 8 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2007.74

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Guitar-shaped violin

    19th century

    Object Place: France

    Description

    Body of guitar form, without corners, with very narrow middle bouts. Back and ribs of maple. Belly of close grained spruce with elongated S-holes. Both back and belly with slight arching, purfling, and edges fitted flush (no overhang, as on standard violins). Violin-type neck, with peg-box and scroll of standard pattern. Finger-board and tail-piece of boxwood stained black. Three-quarter size violin bridge. Inside construction: top and bottom blocks; bass-bar and sound-post. Four strings. Reddish-brown varnish.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 34.1 cm, width 17.7 cm (Length 13 7/16 in., width 6 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1728

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Walking-stick violin and bow

    1850–1900
    Moritz Wilhelm Glaesel (German, 1829–1917)

    Object Place: Markneukirchen, Germany

    Description

    Music: Fisher’s Hornpipe, traditional (performed by Brian Clague)

    Inscription

    Printed label: Moritz Gläsel / gennannt Wiener, / Instrumentenmacher / Markneukirchen / in Sachsen

    Provenance

    Before 1981, sold by the estate of Roland Young (1887-1953) to Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 90.5 cm, width 4.3 cm (Length 35 5/8 in., width 1 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.762a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany, spruce, ebony

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  • Violin

    about 1907
    Emery M. Wood

    Object Place: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    About 1995, sold at Brimfield Flea Market to Sid Glickman, Bronx, New York; 2010, sold by Glickman to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 19, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds by exchange from the Edwin M. Ripin Collection—Friends of the Collection Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 49.5 cm, width 21.6 cm (Length 19 1/2 in., width 8 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    2010.324

    Medium or Technique

    Poplar, ebony

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  • Phonographic violin (Stroh violin)

    1900–25
    Probably by George Evans & Company (active 1904–1942)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Body of mahogany. Resonator of aluminum. Fingerboard and tailpiece of ebony.

    Inscription

    Stenciled on body: STROVIOLS / TRADEMARK / REGISTERED; stamped on shoulder rest: MADE / IN / ENGLAND

    Provenance

    1984, sold by Michael I. Holmes, New Bedford, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 24, 1984)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Mason Knapp Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.6 cm, diameter 16.9 cm (Length 23 7/8 in., diameter 6 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1984.544

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany, aluminum, ebony

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  • Violin

    2007

    Object Place: Milton, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Music: Roumania Folk Dance No. 1 by Bela Bartok, 1915 (performed by Eleanor Martinez)

    Inscription

    Luis & Clark / Violin Number 101/ Model Luis Leguia / luisandclark.com

    Provenance

    2008, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 28, 2008)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Mrs. Robert B. Newman in honor of Luis Leguia

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Other (overall length): 58.7 cm (23 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    2008.165

    Medium or Technique

    Carbon fiber embedded in a resin

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  • Practice violin

    about 1820–40
    William Baker (British, about 1829–1880)

    Object Place: Brighton, England

    Description

    Anchor-shaped frame, without sound-box. Spine-bar, neck, peg- box, and scroll carved out of a solid piece of maple. Chin-rest formed by a separate piece. Ebony finger-board and tail-piece. Bridge with many extra holes for dampening of vibrations. Four strings. Yellow-brown varnish.

    Inscription

    Stamped on body: Baker/ Brighton

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.9 cm, width 14.6 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., width 5 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1726

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, ebony

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  • Practice violin

    about 1886
    Charles F. Albert (American, 1842–1901 American)

    Object Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    By 1976, William Moennig & Son Violins, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; June 25, 2010, Moennig Collection sale, Tarisio Auctions, New York, lot 545, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Frederick Brown Fund

    Details

    Accession Number

    2010.614

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, ebony, brass

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  • Practice violin

    about 1920
    Edmund Franklin Bryant (American, 1855–1940 American)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Cigar-shaped body with flat front, back, and sides, of solid maple, with long cut-outs in upper and lower half separated by septum. Curved maple pieces attached to upper and lower end of body. Maple neck. Tuning pins, fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of ebony. Bridge of maple. Orange-brown varnish.

    Inscription

    Stamped on back: E. F. BRYANT

    Provenance

    1991, gift of Harold Priest, Liberty, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 1991)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.4 cm, width 17.2 cm (Length 23 3/8 in., width 6 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    1991.72

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, ebony

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  • Practice violin

    about 1900

    Object Place: France

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1981, purchased at a Hi-Fi Shop on the Champs Elysées, Paris, by Peggy Stuart Coolidge (1913-1981), New York; 1981, by inheritance to her husband, Joseph R. Coolidge (1916-1999), New York; 1981, gift of Coolidge to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 9, 1981)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Joseph R. Coolidge in memory of his wife, Peggy Stuart Coolidge

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.4 cm, width 13.6 cm (Length 23 3/8 in., width 5 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.766

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, ebony

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  • Folk violin

    early 19th century

    Object Place: Possibly New England region, United States

    Description

    One-piece back of maple with irregular curl. Ribs similar. Neck of plain maple. Crude scroll with little undercutting. Two-piece belly of wide irregular grain pine (?). No purfling. Three extant tuning pegs; one commercial of ebony, one homemade of hardwood, and one improvised from the head of a clothespin. Fingerboard of walnut (?). Commercial tailpiece of ebony with inlaid flower of mother-of-pearl. Nut and saddle of ebony. End button of hardwood. Red-brown varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck on shallow platform. Hemi-circular lower block. Regular type liners and corner blocks. Triangular-shaped bassbar.

    Provenance

    1976, gift of Harold Priest, Harvard Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 14, 1976)

    Credit Line

    Anonymous gift

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61 cm, width 20.6 cm (Length 24 in., width 8 1/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1976.137

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • Folk violin

    19th century

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Non-traditional body outline. One-piece back of slab-cut walnut. Ribs similar. Neck of plain maple. Crude scroll with no undercutting. Scroll/pegbox painted/stained brown. One-piece belly of slab-cut softwood, extended onto neck 30 mm. No purfling. Crude F-holes with offset notches. Fingerboard of stained walnut with inlaid five-pointed star of bone; lower half painted/stained black. Tailpiece of bone with carved geometric designs and inlaid dot of mother-of-pearl. Nut of ebony. Homemade tuning pegs of walnut (?) stained black. Dark brown finish; not varnished, perhaps waxed. Interior construction: Footed neck resting on platform carved from back. Very narrow lower block. Belly and back glued directly to ribs with short very widely-spaced triangular liners. Small corner blocks.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 60.5 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 23 13/16 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.12

    Medium or Technique

    Walnut, pine, maple

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  • Folk violin

    19th century

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Non-traditional body outline with extra-wide lower bout. Two-piece back of maple with irregular horizontal curl. Ribs similar. Neck of bird’s-eye maple. Large crude scroll. Two-piece belly of wide-grain softwood. Purfling of one wide strip of wood left raised above surface. Crude F-holes with offset notches. Two tuning pegs, fingerboard, and end button of maple stained black. Two commercial tuning pegs, one of rosewood and one of ebony. Orange varnish. Traditional interior construction. Bass bar angled from bass side to center seam.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.5 cm, width 21.9 cm (Length 23 7/16 in., width 8 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.10

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • Folk violin

    19th century

    Object Place: New Hampshire, United States

    Description

    Non-traditional body outline. One-piece back of bird’s-eye maple. Ribs of walnut (?). Neck of plain maple. Large wedge (6 mm. maximum thickness) between neck and fingerboard. Large crude scroll with deep undercutting. Back of pegbox terminates in an upturned hook. One-piece belly of wide-grain softwood. Back and belly have exaggerated flat area at edges. No purfling. F-hole notches offset and upper hole not connected to curve. Two commercial tuning pegs of hardwood painted/stained black; two homemade pegs of hardwood painted/stained black. Fingerboard (later), saddle, and end button of stained hardwood. Orange varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck, resting on platform carved from back. Belly glued directly to ribs. Short widely- spaced triangular liners along back. Normal-sized corner blocks.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61.5 cm, width 19.9 cm (Length 24 3/16 in., width 7 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.11

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, walnut, pine

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  • Folk violin

    19th century

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Non-traditional body outline. Two-piece back of maple with faint medium horizontal curl. Ribs of walnut. Neck of plain maple. Crude scroll. Two- piece belly of wide grain softwood. Back and belly have exaggerated raised edges. No purfling. F-holes widened at notches. Two extant commercial ebony tuning pegs. Fingerboard, nut, saddle, and end button of stained hardwood. Interior construction: Footed neck sandwiched between two large blocks. Wide flat lower block. Thin flat liners. Small corner blocks.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58 cm, width 19.1 cm (Length 22 13/16 in., width 7 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.13

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, walnut, pine, maple

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  • Folk violin

    19th century

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Non-traditional body outline with angular corners and all flat surfaces. Flat two-piece back of slab-cut pine. Ribs similar. Neck of oak. Crude pine scroll with no carving. Back of pegbox open. Two-piece belly of slab-cut pine. No purfling. Crude F-holes with no notches. Tuning pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece, nut, saddle, and end button of stained hardwood. Homemade bridge of oak with carved heart connecting legs. Stained brown with no varnish. Interior construction: Footed neck. Back and belly glued directly to ribs; no liners or corner blocks.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Frank G. Webster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62.5 cm, width 20.5 cm (Length 24 5/8 in., width 8 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1987.14

    Medium or Technique

    Pine, oak

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  • Cigar-box violin

    late 19th century
    E. Clifford (English, active 19th century English)

    Object Place: Bermondsey, England

    Description

    Rudely made instrument constructed from a cigar box by a blind man. Long rectangular box with two long slits for sound-holes; tail-piece and finger-board. Four gut strings.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: made by E. Clifford 3 Joiners Place / Dockhead Bermondsey SE

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.1 cm, width 11.6 cm (Length 22 1/2 in., width 4 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1727

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Folk violin and case

    1936
    C. W. Raborn (American American)

    Object Place: Probably Florida, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    Before 1960, possibly acquired in Florida by an unknown collector, New York; by the 1960s, sold by this collector to Peter Allison, Wilmington, Delaware; by descent to his son, Jay Allison, Falmouth, Massachusetts; August 4, 2010, Eldred's Auction Gallery, East Dennis, Massachusetts, lot 275, to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

    Credit Line

    Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Overall: 61 cm (24 in.)

    Accession Number

    2010.613.1-2

    Medium or Technique

    Cherry

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  • Dance master's violin

    1673
    Probably by Georg Wörle (German, about 1620–after 1674)

    Object Place: Augsburg, Germany

    Description

    Back comprised of five ribs, each covered with veneer of tortoiseshell and separated by strip of ivory. Belly of spruce with two C-shaped soundholes, small rose-shaped soundhole near upper end, and inlaid decoration of red heart, two green leaves, and small flowers. Neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece of wood covered with tortoiseshell veneer. Pegbox of ebonized wood, surmounted by carved ebony head of Nubian woman with red painted lips and separately attached earrings and necklace. End button and collar at join of body and neck of ivory. Tuning pegs of ivory with black incised circle and dot on each face.

    Inscription

    Handwritten label: [Georg Wörle in / Augsburg] 1673

    Provenance

    By the 1870s, M. A. Jubinal, Paris, France. By 1995, Tony Bingham, London, England; 1995, sold by Bingham to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 21, 1995)

    Credit Line

    Museum purchase with funds donated by Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Fraser and the Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 45 cm, width 3.5 cm (Length 17 11/16 in., width 1 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    1995.123

    Medium or Technique

    Spruce, tortoiseshell, ebony, ivory

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  • Dancing master's violin

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

    Object Place: Hanover, Germany

    Description

    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

    Details

    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

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  • Dancing master's violin

    probably 19th century

    Object Place: Italy

    Description

    Narrow, elongated boyd of pear wood with five-ribbed back. Arched belly with two sound-holes shaped like the figure 3. Neck of pear wood with peg-box. Tail-piece of boxwood, affixed by ivory tail-pin to the lower block through hole in the belly (not at the bottom!). Four gut strings; movable bridge of standard type, but with narrow base; ivory nut. Lateral pegs. Sound-post.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 41.5 cm, width 4.7 cm (Length 16 5/16 in., width 1 7/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1709

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, maple, spruce, ivory

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  • English violette (with later alterations)

    1725–50

    Object Place: Austria or southern Germany

    Description

    Long model with complicated curved outline. Flat back of maple. Ribs of maple, made of five pieces (two upper bouts, two middle bouts, and a bottom piece). Belly of pine, highly arched (especially under the bridge), purfled at edges; three sound-holes, two flame-shaped ones on both sides of the bridge and a small, comma-shaped one under the finger-board. Short neck with clearance groove for sympathetic strings. Finger-board of ebony. Peg- box without bottom, having only two cheeks; surmounted by a scroll (not original); bored for thirteen pegs. Tail-piece of stained walnut, top cut slantwise, with an ivory reinforcing strip; held by a thick gut-string loop attached to the ebony taip-pin. Two sets of strings affixed as follows: 1. Six playing strings, held by the tail-piece, pass over a movable bridge and an ivory nut to the lower tuning pegs. 2. Seven sympathetic strings of thin steel wire, held by small ivory buttons in the bottom, pass over ebony saddle, over ivroy tipped clearance slit in the bridge, through clearance space under the finger-board, over auxiliary boxwood nut under the main one, to the upper tuning pegs. Inside construction: three cross-bars and cross-strip 4 cm. wide and 3 mm. thick, glued to the bottom; at the lowest incurvation the joints of the middle bouts and the lower ribs are reinforced by large blocks. one on each side; bass-bar and sound-post. Dark reddish-brown varnish.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label (very faded): Giovan Grancino / Milano, 1696

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 84 cm, width 26 cm (Length 33 1/16 in., width 10 1/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1720a

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Viola d'amore

    mid 18th century

    Object Place: Probably Prague, Czech Republic

    Description

    Viol type body, shallow model. Flat back of maple, in two pieces. Ribs of maple. Belly of pine, highly arched between middle bouts; inlaid purfling, flame type sound-holes. Neck of maple with a clearance groove for sympathetic strings. Peg-box integral with neck, slightly tilted toward right, surmounted with blindfolded Cupid’s head; back of peg-box carved and gilded; bored for twelve lateral pegs. Hook-bar of ivory. Tail-piece of ebony, with the top cut slantwise. Two sets of strings affixed as follows: 1. Five playing strings are held by ivory buttons inserted in the tail-piece; they pass over a movable bridge, over the nut and are fastened to five lower pegs. 2. Seven sympathetic strings of thin steel wire are fixed by ivory buttons to an inclined cross-bar glued to the belly and pass through a narrow slit in the bridge, under the finger-board through the neck clearance space, over the auxiliary ivory nut below the main nut (which also has a clearance), and are affixed to the upper seven pegs. Inside construction: Two cross-bars glued to the back; small straight corner fillets; bass-bar and sound-post. Dark brown varnish.

    Inscription

    Printed label: JOACHIM TIELKE / in Hamburg, An. 16 [handwritten: 70]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 74.7 cm, width 24.2 cm (Length 29 7/16 in., width 9 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1719

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Cither viol (converted from pardessus de viole)

    1721
    François Vaillan (French, active 1736–1783 French)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Deep model. Standard viol pattern. Flat back of maple. Belly of soft pine, slightly arched two C-holes. Ribs of maple. Neck of maple with a long peg-box ending in cittern-like head with inlaid square end. Finger- board of stained boxwood. Tail-piece affixed by a brass wire to the tail- pin. Ten strings; two lowest of brass wire strung singly; the remaining eight are of steel wire and strung in pairs, thus making a total of six ‘choirs.’ Ten ebony pegs. Movable bridge, ivory nut. Inside construction: corner fillets of small radius; cross strip 4.5 cm. wide and 2.5 mm. thick, glued to the back. Bass-bar and sound-post. Dark brown finish.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: Francois vaillan / rue Debussy 1721 / a paris

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 70.2 cm, width 19 cm (Length 27 5/8 in., width 7 1/2 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1723

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce

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  • Cither viol (sultana)

    1794
    Perry & Wilkinson (Irish, active 1787–about 1839)

    Object Place: Dublin, Ireland

    Description

    Body of a modified viol type. Back of one piece of maple, highly arched, with ink line purfling. Ribs of maple. Belly of pine, highly arched, with ink-line purfling and sound-holes of the flame type. Both back and belly have overhanging edges. Neck and peg-box of maple, ending in a cittern-like head with a square end inlaid with pearl and ebony. Finger-board of stained walnut, inlaid with ivory lining. Tail-piece of black stained boxwood, with ivory inlay; affixed to the ivory tail-pin by U-shaped bent wire fastened to a silver reinforcing piece, the ends of the wire formed into rivet heads. Five double strings, four lower ones of spun silk, six higher ones of steel wire held in the tail-piece by small ivory buttons. Movable bridge with ebony top, ivory nut. No regular peg-box, instead a very solidly constructed machine head with the worm-wheels concealed inside. Internal construction of the violin type.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Made by / THOs. PERRY and Wm. WILKINSON / Musical Instrument Makers / No. 6, Angelsea Street / No. [handwritten: 1954] DUBLIN 17 [handwritten: 94]; stamped on back: No 1954 / PERRY / DUBLIN

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 71.1 cm, width 23 cm (Length 28 in., width 9 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1725

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ivory, brass

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  • Tenor viola da gamba

    about 1600
    Attributed to Richard Blunt (English, active about 1590–1610 English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Standard pattern. Flat back of maple, in two pieces with purfling. Ribs of maple. Belly of soft pine, slightly arched, with two C-holes. Neck of maple with peg-box and carved head of blind-folded woman at the top. Finger-board of maple, veneered with ebony; twenty German silver frets inserted in it. Hook-bar of maple, affixed to the bottom block by two turned pins with heads; tail-piece of maple veneered with ebony. Six strings with movable bridge (violoncello type). Internal construction (as found before restoration): back reinforced by two cross-bars and cross strip 8 cm. wide and 6 mm. thick; the bend line of back reinforced by rough linen strip; regular lining at the joint of ribs and belly, but the joint of ribs and back formed of rough linen strip glued to both; circular fillets in corners; the ends of both cross-bars supported by small brackets glued to the ribs and cross-bars. Bass-bar and sound-post. Dark reddish-brown varnish.

    Inscription

    Printed repair label: JOHN A. GOULD & SONS / [Established 1889] / Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers / BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS / [handwritten: Two new cross bars; six / new linings, and crack / stays inserted. JUNE 1936

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 102.3 cm, width 32 cm (Length 40 1/4 in., width 12 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1718

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Bass viola da gamba

    1677
    Richard Meares I (English, active 1676–1736)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Music: Harke, harke from Captaine Humes Poeticall Musicke by Tobias Hume, 1607 (performed by Laura Jeppesen)

    Inscription

    Printed label: Richard Meares without / Bishops-gate, near to Sir / Paul Rinders, London. / Fecit 165 [handwritten: 7; 7 also handwritten over the printed 5]; manuscript repair label: Anno 1962 / Extensively Repaired / by / Donald Warnock / 2 Brewer St., Cambridge 38, Mass

    Provenance

    Before 1920, Edward F. Searles (1841-1920); by 1920, by inheritance to B. Allen Rowland (1910-1991), New Castle, New Hampshire; 1957, loaned by Rowland to the New England Conservatory; about 1964, transferred by the New England Conservatory to the MFA; 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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 119.1 cm, width 36.6 cm (Length 46 7/8 in., width 14 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1981.748

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce

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  • Bass viol

    about 1710
    Attributed to Claude Pierray (French, active 1698–1729)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Music: Prelude in A minor from Pièces de viole (Book 3) by Marin Marais, 1711 (performed by Laura Jeppesen)

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 124.2 cm, width 40 cm (Length 48 7/8 in., width 15 3/4 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1717

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce

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  • Bass viola da gamba

    1713
    Barak Norman (English, 1651–1724)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Flat back of maple in two pieces, inlaid with double-line purfling, ornamental knots, and the double interlaced monogram BN. Ribs of maple. Slightly arched belly of soft pine with double-line purfling at the edges, inlaid floral design below the finger-board with medallion; two C-holes. Finger-board of maple veneered with ebony. Neck ending with peg-box and scroll, instead of carved head. Hook-bar of ebony, holding tail-piece veneered with ebony. Six strings fixed to six boxwood pegs; movable bridge. Inside construction: top block separate from the neck bracket; back reinforced with two cross-bars and cross strip 9.8 cm. wide and 5 mm. thick; bass-bar and sound-post. Eight gut frets on the neck. Light yellow varnish.

    Inscription

    1936] Printed label: Barak Norman / at the Bass Viol in / St. Pauls Church=y: / London Fecit / [handwritten: 1713]; stamped on belly: BARAK / NORMAN / LONDON / FECIT ; printed repair label: Restored by John A. GOULD & SONS / [Established 1889] / Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers / BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS / [handwritten: New inlaid button on back at / base of neck; two new cross / bars, and crack stays on top / back and sides. JUNE

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 118.2 cm, width 37 cm (Length 46 9/16 in., width 14 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1716

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Tenor viola da gamba (?)

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

    Object Place: Mainz, Germany

    Description

    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

    Details

    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

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  • Bass viol

    1733
    Arwitt Rönnegren (Swedish, 1680–1737)

    Object Place: Kattarp, Sweden

    Description

    Music: Prelude by Karl Friedrich Abel, about 1780 (performed by Laura Jeppesen)

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: Arwit ronnegren / i fastarn i Lugede / heraf Anno 1733; in pencil (?) inside: T. H. NY / 1904

    Provenance

    Before 1965, purchased in Philadelphia by Harold Priest, Cambridge, Massachusetts; 1965, sold by Priest to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 116.2 cm, width 34.6 cm (Length 45 3/4 in., width 13 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    65.2685

    Medium or Technique

    Birch, pine

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  • Tenor viol

    1752
    Jesper Gotfredsen (Danish, about 1708–1774)

    Object Place: Copenhagen, Denmark

    Description

    Music: Recercada quarta by Diego Ortiz, 1553 (performed by Laura Jeppesen)

    Inscription

    Printed label: Jesper Gotfredsen / Fiolin=Mager i Kiobenhavn 17 [handwritten: 52]; manuscript repair label: Repareret A Jesper Gotfredsen / Instrumentmageri Kiobenhavn / Anno 1771; printed repair label: Restored by / JOHN A. GOULD & SONS / [Established 1889] / Violin Makers, Dealers and Repairers / BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS / [handwritten: Cracks reglued & stayed / Taking in sides to match / edges. Aug. 1936]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 81.8 cm, width 25.5 cm (Length 32 3/16 in., width 10 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1715

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Descant viol (pardessus de viole)

    1752
    Benoist Fleury (French, 1719–1792)

    Object Place: Paris, France

    Description

    Music: Sarabande from Pieces de viole (Book I) by Marin Marais, 1689 (performed by Carol Lewis)

    Inscription

    Printed label: Benoit Fleury rue des Boucheries / Faubourg St. Germain a Paris, 17 [handwritten: 52]; stamped on button: FLEURY

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 58.7 cm, width 19.5 cm (Length 23 1/8 in., width 7 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1712

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, walnut, spruce, ebony

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  • Alto viola da gamba (?)

    late 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Long, shallow model, influenced by violin type. Flat back of maple, in two pieces. Ribs of maple, apparently cut down. Belly of pine with raised edges and purfling; scimitar-shaped sound-holes; rosette with the three feathers of the Prince of Wales under the finger-board. Back fitted flush with ribs, belly with overhanging edges as in the violin. Neck and peg-box of pearwood, the head bent back and ending in a square similar to that of English guitars. Finger-board of ebony. Tail-piece of ebony, with slanting top; attached in violin fashion is an end-pin. Five gut strings pass over the violin type bridge (original one lost). Five box-wood pegs. Inside construction: corner blocks as in a violin; two cross-bars and a wide cross- strip glued to the back; deep bass-bar; sound-post. Grayish-brown varnish.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: MADE. BY. / RichARD DUKE. / LONDON. 1786

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68.8 cm, width 22 cm (Length 27 1/16 in., width 8 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1713

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Baryton

    late 19th century
    Adolph Gutche (German, active late 19th century German)

    Object Place: Berlin, Germany

    Description

    Deep body of complicated curved outline (modified guitar-fiedel type). Flat back of maple, made of one large piece. Ribs of maple: the ribs of the lower bouts fixed to a solid block of maple composing the outer portion of the bottom block. Slightly arched belly of pine, with a double purfling at the edges; four comma-shaped sound-holes; an oval rosette below the finger- board. Neck and peg-box made of one solid piece of maple; the neck with a wide opening, providing the clearance for the sympathetic strings; peg-box with the rear wall pierced with four ornamental openings, surmounted with a winged Cupid’s head; bored for nineteen pegs. The opening of the neck covered over in front by a wide board, forming the support for the finger-board located at the left side of neck; the right-hand side of this board embellished by the open fret-work and double purfling. Finger-board of ebony nine frets of walnut, inlaid flush. Ebony hook-bar affixed to the bottom block. Tail-piece of ebony with open fret-work. Movable bridge with widely separated legs providing clearance for sympathetic strings. Twelve ebony blocks affixed as follows: 1. Six playing strings, three of spun silk, three of gut fixed to the tail-piece, passing over a movable bridge, over ebony nut with a narrow ivory insert and fixed at the upper end to six tuning pegs located on the left side of instrument. 2. Thirteen sympathetic strings of thin steel wire affixed to small iron pins in the bottom block, passing over the ebony saddle, and over ebony blocks (one for each string) serving as auxiliary bridges; under the neck supporting board so that they are accessible from the rear; over a wide nut fixed to the bottom wall of peg-box, to the pegs. Inside construction: Very wide top block providing a flat surface for holding the neck bracket. The lower block, consisting of two parts: the above-mentioned maple block and reinforcing block of pine. Corner joints of ribs reinforced by pine blocks. Back heavily reinforced as follows (counting from the top): (a) cross-bar with two corner pieces; (b) cross-strip 3 cm. wide and 6 mm. thick; (c) cross-bar in the middle bout; (d) cross-strip (under the sound-post) 5 cm. wide and 6 mm. thick; (e) cross-bar slightly below the joint of the middle and lower bouts. Bass bar and sound-post.

    Inscription

    Printed label: Adolf Gutche / Lauten und Geigenmacher / in Berlin 18

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 127.4 cm, width 37.3 cm (Length 50 3/16 in., width 14 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1721

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Trumpet marine (tromba marina) and bow

    about 1700

    Object Place: France

    Description

    Long, hollow soundbox; back of five ribs of pine; open at the bottom. Belly of pine extending almost the entire length of the soundbox; the opening at the top providing access to the tuning pegs of the sympathetic strings and covered by a sliding door with open fret-work. Solidly constructed neck with integral peg-box, scroll, and ‘top block’ at the lower end. Single thick gut-string held by a large knot inside the soundbox at the lower end and fixed to a tuning pin at the upper end. Tuning pin of wrought iron with a square head and a ratchet-wheel affixed to it; pawl held by spring against the ratchet-wheel and fixed to a plate let into the left cheek of the peg-box, providing bearings for the tuning pin. Ebony saddle- block at the bottom with a groove for the string. A trembling Ebony nut. Narrow vertical strip of paper glued on the neck front with small cross strips of white paper pasted over it for indication of the nodal points of the string. Inside construction: ‘top block’ recessed for clearance space for the tuning pegs fo the sympathetic strings; oak bridge, with a thin brass strip with spacing notches; similar bridge below. Belly reinforced by a wide bottom panel and four cross strips, all fitted into recesses in the side ribs; bottom edges of ribs reinforced by oak moldings. Belly reinforced inside at bottom by oak molding, serving also as a pin-board for small brass pins holding the fixed end of the sympathetic strings. [Accession card: eight notes marked on fingerboard.]

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 192 cm, width 36.5 cm (Length 75 9/16 in., width 14 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1733a

    Medium or Technique

    Pine

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  • Fiddle (husla)

    18th century

    Object Place: Germany

    Description

    Elongated body with incurved sides and flat back. Belly of soft pine highly arched, formed by a part of cylindrical surface with rectilinear generator. Ribs of maple, formed of four pieces, shallow in the upper part and wide in the lower part. Two narrow parallel rectangular slits on the belly serve as sound-holes; in the upper part of the belly a crude rosette, partly covered by finger-board. Neck of oak, integral with leaf-shaped peg- board. Finger-board of maple. The bottom joint of lower bouts reinforced by thin rectangular strip fastened by two button-headed pins; the pin close to belly serving as a tail-pin for tail-piece, three gut strings, movable bridge, nut. Tuning pegs of sagittal posterior type with arrow-shaped heads; strings fastened in front. Sound-post, no bass-bar. Edges of belly, sound-slits, and rosette are embellished with zig-zag and dot pattern burned in wood.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62 cm, width 19.2 cm (Length 24 7/16 in., width 7 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1707

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine

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  • Fiddle (gusle) and bow

    late 19th century

    Object Place: Serbia

    Description

    Provenance

    2005, gift of the New England Conservatory to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 72.3 cm, width 20.1 cm, depth 8.7 cm (Length 28 7/16 in., width 7 15/16 in., depth 3 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.209a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, goatskin

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  • Hardanger violin and bow

    1838
    Jorgen Knudsen (Norwegian, late 1830s)

    Object Place: Hardanger, Norway

    Description

    Body of violin type. Back of maple, belly of pine; both are very highly arched. Two f-holes. Finger-board and tail-piece inlaid with walnut and bone checkered patterns. Neck and peg-box of maple; peg-box is bored for eight pegs, end with small violin-type scroll. Two sets of strings: (1) four playing strings of gut; (2) four sympathetic strings of thin steel wire passing under the finger-board through clearance space in the neck. Movable bridge with two vertical notched brass pieces, permitting the change of tension of sympathetic strings. Bass-bar and sound-post.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: Jorg Knudsen Nü[ri?...] / Fiolinmager ... / 1838

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 56.2 cm, width 18.8 cm (Length 22 1/8 in., width 7 3/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1722a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, pine, walnut, bone

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  • Hardanger violin

    about 1860
    Erik Jonssen Helland (Norwegian, 1816–1868 Norwegian)

    Object Place: Telemark, Norway

    Description

    Inscription

    Handwritten label: Erik Johnsen / Hellund 1800; stamped on bridge: [maker's stamp] / PAMPL.

    Provenance

    2005, gift of the New England Conservatory to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 27, 2005)

    Credit Line

    Gift of the New England Conservatory of Music

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 59.3 cm, width 19.2 cm (Length 23 3/8 in., width 7 9/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    2005.210

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, bone, horn

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  • Fiddle (crwth)

    19th century
    Owain Tudur (Welsh, active 19th century Welsh)

    Object Place: Dolgelly, Wales

    Description

    Flat, shallow body with the yoke supporting the neck. Sound-box, yoke, peg-board, and neck carved out of one solid piece of maple. Sound-board of spruce with two circular sound-holes. Finger-board of maple, stained dark brown. Tail-piece with a slant top, hooked by a copper wire to the tail-pin. Bridge of peculiar construction; the long leg of the bridge is inserted into the right-hand sound-hole and touches the back. Six gut strings: two open string located outside the finger-board and four stopped. A nut at the top of the finger-board for the stopped strings. Anterior tuning pegs of steel, plain pattern, with a flattened front end, no holes for strings. The occipital fastening for the tuning end of the strings; clearances for strings cut out in the peg-board to eliminate the sharp angles. Inside construction: entire block cut from the solid; two cross-bars glued to the belly fitting into notches cut in the sound-box walls. Dark, greenish-brown varnish.

    Inscription

    Manuscript label: Owain Tudur. Dolgellau. / in gwneuthurwr y / Crwth hwn.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 57.5 cm, width 24 cm (Length 22 5/8 in., width 9 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1708

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce

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  • Keyed fiddle (nyckelharpa) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place: Sweden

    Description

    An elongated oval body with very small middle bouts, carved with its neck and peg-board from a solid block of pine. Highly arched belly of pine, with two large oval sound-holes and one small heart-shaped hole beneath the key-box. The key-box is attached to the neck and contains twenty-three keys with tangents. Fourteen posterior sagittal pegs, of which eight are inserted in the peg-board and six in the neck; the peg for the chanterelle string has an extra large and long head for convenience of tuning. Four playing strings, three of which are of gut and one (bass) of wound wire; the chanterelle is stopped by nineteen keys; the second melody string is stopped by four keys; ten sympathetic strings of thin steel wire. Tail-piece of maple, stained black, with a long stem ending with a hook which holds it at th the lower end of the sound-box; the tail-piece is prevented from shifting by a gut loop attached to the end-piece carved integral with the body. The upper wall of the key-box is provided with holes for strings serving as a primitive nut. The bridge of maple has a peculiar shape, very slightly curved at the top. The sound-post has square ends and cylindrical middle part; loosely fitted against the belly, but mortised into the back and held in position by a wedge inserted in the hole in the back. Gayly colored, hand-woven, woollen belt for holding the instrument is attached by two leather loops.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 80.5 cm, width 18.5 cm (Length 31 11/16 in., width 7 5/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1734a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Pine

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  • Bowed zither

    1879
    Josef Ferdinand Sprenger (German, 1846–1914 German)

    Object Place: Nuremberg, Germany

    Description

    Shallow sound-box of modified viol form. Back of two pieces of maple. Ribs of maple. Belly of pine with two narrow f-holes, purfled. Both back and belly with overhanging edges as on violins. Neck and peg-plate of maple. Ebony finger-board with twenty-nine brass frets. Three ivory pegs at the back, serving a supporting points of instrument on a table. Five strings: the two higher ones of steel wire, the lower three of spun silk. Frontal type of string tuning end fastening; anterior pegs of round steel with square ends. Inside construction: no corner blocks (owning to the peculiar outline of body): sound-post; bass-bar on the left side (opposite to that of violin) owing to the higher strings being located on the right side of the instrument.

    Inscription

    Printed label: [hand pointing right] Ferdinand Sprenger [hand pointing left] / Instrumentenmacher in Nurnberg / (vormals Carl Sprenger) 18 [handwritten: 79]; stamped on fingerboard: Sprenger / Nürnberg

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61 cm, width 27.2 cm (Length 24 in., width 10 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1724

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce, ebony

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  • Fiddle (lyra) and bow

    19th century

    Object Place: Greece

    Description

    Pear-shaped body made of a solid piece of wood, with integral neck and head, and vaulted back. Sound space hollowed out and covered with pine sound-board with two semi-circular sound-hoels. Three gut strings attached by wire loops to a boss at the bottom; movable bridge; two outer strings are attached in front directly to the sagittal posterior pegs, the middle strin being guided by a small slotted peg. At the back oif the head there are reinforcing bosses providing extra stock for tuning peg-holes and supporting trefoils of the head-board.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 44 cm, width 14.7 cm (Length 17 5/16 in., width 5 13/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1705a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Pine

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  • Bowed lyre (jouhikko) and bow

    1949
    Dick Backlund (Finnish, active mid-20th century Finnish)

    Object Place: Helsinki, Finland

    Description

    Inscription

    Printed label: Dick Bäcklund. / Helsingfors / 1949

    Provenance

    1982, accessioned as source unidentified to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 64.8 cm, width 14.4 cm (Length 25 1/2 in., width 5 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1982.8a-b

    Medium or Technique

    Birch, spruce

    Not On View

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  • Hurdy-gurdy

    early 19th century
    Rémy Bassot (French, 1792–1870)

    Object Place: Mirecourt, France

    Description

    Bottom, sides, and belly of maple. Rope-pattern binding of ivory and ebony along edges of belly.
    C-shaped soundholes. Pegbox of maple with carved human head. Key-box of maple attached to the belly and to the peg-box; hinged cover, of birch veneered with ebony, attached to the key-box. Six sagittal anterior pegs of oak stained black. Twenty-three keys of pearwood inserted in the key-box, each key having two tangents: thirteen naturals with plain heads stained dark-brown, ten sharps with ivory heads. Six strings, occipital fastening; two chanterelles passing over a nut close to the peg-box through the clearance between the key-box and its cover, over the bridge and attached to the tailpiece; trompette string passing over the auxiliary nut on the right side of the key-box, over the small bridge (lost) and attached to a small ivory bracket on the rib at the lower end; a mouche string passing over the same nut and over the right side auxiliary bridge, and both fixed to the small ivory bracket on the rib. Rotary friction wheel of maple mounted on the steel axle with crank and ivory handle: all the strings are vibrated by this friction wheel. Tailpiece of maple veneered with ebony, permanently fixed to the end block. Long ivory peg in the tailpiece for the auxliary string controlling the trompette string. Small vertical ebony peg inserted in the belly (used for hitching the trompette string). Half-cylindrical wheel guard veneered with ebony and set between two ebony brackets on the belly. Three turned mahogany pins in the ribs for the holding strap. Inside construction: top and end blocks of pine; two crossbars on the back; the soundpost, forked at the upper part, placed directly under the main bridge. Light yellow varnish.

    Inscription

    In ink below pegbox: Bassot á Rozerotte / Vosges; in ink on underside of keybox lid: Louvet paris

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 71 cm, width 26.5 cm (Length 27 15/16 in., width 10 7/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1735

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, ebony, ivory

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  • Hurdy-gurdy (lira)

    1800–25

    Object Place: Probably Ukraine

    Description

    Inscription

    In ink on back: BANDURA

    Provenance

    1977, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 12, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Mary Smith Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 55 cm, width 23.4 cm (Length 21 5/8 in., width 9 3/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1977.9

    Medium or Technique

    Beech, pine

    Not On View

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  • Bow for violin

    about 1740

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Beautifully fluted stick of mahogany. The frog and the button of ivory; screw and nut adjustment. Eight semicircular flutes extending the entire length and blending into the head flutes; at the frog end are raised lines (20.5 cm. long) in the hollow of the flutings. The head with a long peak is nicely fluted.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69.1 cm, weight 54 g (Length 27 3/16 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    17.1742

    Medium or Technique

    Mahogany

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  • Bow for violin

    about 1790
    Probably by Dodd workshop (English)

    Object Place: London, England

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped on frog: FORSTER

    Provenance

    1974, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974)

    Credit Line

    H. E. Bolles Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 72.1 cm, weight 48 g (Length 28 3/8 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1974.30

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

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  • Bow for double bass

    late 18th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Provenance

    1974, sold by Harold Priest, Harvard, Massachusetts, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 9, 1974)

    Credit Line

    H. E. Bolles Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 62.3 cm, weight 162 g (Length 24 1/2 in., weight 0.4 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1974.31

    Medium or Technique

    Rosewood

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  • Bow for viola da gamba

    about 1800

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Round stick of oak. Ivory frog and button; screw and nut adjustment. At the frog end the stick is octagonal for approximately 12 cm. The frog has a rounded outside corner and a semicircular cutout for the middle finger. Rather large and clumsy head, with ivory plate partly covering the face of head.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69.5 cm, weight 75 g (Length 27 3/8 in., weight 0.2 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    17.1744

    Medium or Technique

    Oak

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  • Bow for violin

    about 1800

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Cramer type. Round stick of lancewood with very small negative camber; hatchet type head. Ivory frog, cutout at both ends, with ebony slide and German silver ferrule. Ivory button; screw and nut adjustment.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69.9 cm, weight 51 g (Length 27 1/2 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    17.1743

    Medium or Technique

    Lancewood

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  • Bow for double bass

    1800–50

    Object Place: United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 73 cm, weight 100 g (Length 28 3/4 in., weight 0.2 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1987.27

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Bow for double bass

    19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Straight round stick of oak, curved at the end to form the head. Ebony frog with mother-of-pearl eyes and slide. Button of German silver and ebony.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 70.5 cm, weight 166 g (Length 27 3/4 in., weight 0.4 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    17.1732b

    Medium or Technique

    Oak

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  • Bow for double bass

    19th century

    Object Place: New England region, United States

    Description

    Large German-style bow. Stick and frog of beechwood. Screw cap of dark hardwood.

    Inscription

    Incised under frog: VX

    Provenance

    1991, sold by New Bedford Antiques Company to John Koster, New Bedford, Massachusetts; 1991, gift of Koster to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 23, 1991)

    Credit Line

    Gift of John Koster

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 68.5 cm (26 15/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    1991.1176

    Medium or Technique

    Beech

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  • Bow for viola d'amore

    19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Tourte type. Finely made bow of Pernambuco with octagonal stick. Ebony frog inlaide with large mother-of-pearl shields on the sides; mother-of-pearl slide; German silver ferrule. Ivory button.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 71.7 cm, weight 52 g (Length 28 1/4 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    17.1720b

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

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  • Bow for violin

    19th century

    Object Place: Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    1966, sold by Harold Priest, Liberty, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 22, 1989)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 75 cm, weight 64 g (Length 29 1/2 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1989.133

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

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  • Bow for folk violin

    19th century

    Object Place: United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 72.3 cm, weight 33 g (Length 28 7/16 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1987.24

    Medium or Technique

    Wood

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  • Bow for folk violin

    19th century

    Object Place: United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 75.8 cm, weight 38 g (Length 29 13/16 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1987.25

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    Wood

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  • Bow for violin

    19th century

    Object Place: United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 75.2 cm, weight 59 g (Length 29 5/8 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1987.26

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

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  • Bow for violin

    late 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Tourte type. Round stick of Pernambuco. Ebony frog with mother-of-pearl slide and German silver trimmings. German silver and ebony button. Ordinary commercial bow.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 73.9 cm, weight 53 g (Length 29 1/8 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    17.1745

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

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  • Bow for violin

    late 19th century
    Asa Warren White (1826–1893)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped on stick: A. W. WHITE [and] PAT. FEB. 22. 87.

    Provenance

    1987, sold by Harold Priest, Damariscotta, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 21, 1987)

    Credit Line

    Frank B. Bemis Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 74.3 cm, weight 51 g (Length 29 1/4 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1987.23

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

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  • Bow for violin

    about 1900
    F. P. Brown (active about 1895–1900)

    Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped on stick: F. P. BROWN

    Provenance

    1971, sold by Harold Priest, Liberty, Maine, to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 22, 1989)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 74.9 cm, weight 64 g (Length 29 1/2 in., weight 0.1 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1989.134

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

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  • Bow for violoncello

    about 1900
    Henry Richard Knopf (American, 1860–1939 American)

    Object Place: New York City, New York, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Stamped on frog: H. R. KNOPF. NEW YORK

    Provenance

    1977, gift of Ruth P. Chase, Fayette, Mississippi, to the MFA. (Accession Date: December 14, 1977)

    Credit Line

    Gift of Ruth P. Chase

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 71.5 cm, weight 75 g (Length 28 1/8 in., weight 0.2 lbs.)

    Accession Number

    1977.809

    Medium or Technique

    Pernambuco

    Not On View

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  • Fiddle (rebec, after Medieval type)

    late 19th century

    Object Place: England

    Description

    Pear-shaped body made of a solid piece of poplar tree wood, with an integral neck and peg-box; vaulted back. Sound space hollowed out and covered with pine sound-board with two f-holes. Finger-board of stained oak glued to a raised step on the neck. Three gut strings fixed to a leathern tail-piece, hooked to a boss at the lower end. Movable bridge and nut. Frontal type tuning end string fastening, lateral pegs. Sound-post.

    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

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 56 cm, width 14.4 cm (Length 22 1/16 in., width 5 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    17.1706

    Medium or Technique

    Poplar, pine

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  • Tenor vielle (after Renaissance type)

    1959
    Eugen Sprenger II (German, born in 1920 German)

    Object Place: Frankfurt, Germany

    Description

    Provenance

    1959, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 23, 1985)

    Credit Line

    Camerata Restoration Fund

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 69.9 cm, width 22 cm (Length 27 1/2 in., width 8 11/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    59.1108

    Medium or Technique

    Maple, spruce

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  • Treble viola da gamba (after Renaissance type)

    1965
    Donald Warnock (American, 1919–1997 American)

    Object Place: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Provenance

    1966, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 70.5 cm, width 21.9 cm (Length 27 3/4 in., width 8 5/8 in.)

    Accession Number

    66.1129

    Medium or Technique

    Cherry, spruce

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  • Rebec (after 13th-century type)

    1968
    Donald Warnock (American, 1919–1997 American)

    Object Place: Franklin, Massachusetts, United States

    Description

    Inscription

    Handwritten label: DONALD WARNOCK/ maker, in Franklin / Mass.- 1968-

    Provenance

    1968, sold by the maker to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 13, 1982)

    Credit Line

    William Lindsey Fund

    Copyright

    Reproduced with permission.

    Details

    Dimensions

    Length 61 cm, width 12.9 cm (Length 24 in., width 5 1/16 in.)

    Accession Number

    68.845

    Medium or Technique

    Pearwood, spruce

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