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"Festooned model. Two-piece back of sycamore. The belly has purlfing lines simulated in ink, and an inset rose inlaid with a star of ivory and ebony surrounded by penwork scrolls. Normal loose bridge. The ebony fingerboard, very slightly curved, has sixteen full brass frets and three short, also five holes for attachment of a capotasto. The head has a square finial with a star pattern inlay as on the rose, and brass screw-tuning (by separate watch-key, now missing). Four double courses of steel and brass, two single of overspun brass." - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 49.

  • Date:
    1756 (Made)
  • Maker:
    Liessam, Remerus [Person]
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed and joined sycamore back and sides; planed and joined pine soundboard; rosette inlaid with rose and ivory, with penwork scrolls; finial inlaid with ebony and ivory; ebony fingerboard with brass frets.
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  • Inscriptions:Remerius Liessem/ f. Londini 1756 Remerius Liessem made this in London 1756.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 70 cm length total, Length: 32 cm length of body, Length: 44.5 cm string length, Width: 29 cm, Depth: 6 cm