Dance master's violin

probably 19th century

Object Place: Italy


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pearwood, maple, spruce, ivory

Not On View


Musical Instruments



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.


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