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'Body of nineteen shaded ribs. Belly of two pieces of pine, carved with a fine rose with an arabesque interlace pattern. The bridge appears to have been moved about 2.5 cm upwards. revealing a patch of criss-cross hatching on the belly where the bridge was previously placed. The neck has been broken and is probably not wholly the original neck. It is veneered with ebony and has stringing lines of ivory and marquetry panels with grotesque patterns apparently of mid-seventeenth century date or slightly later. The panels on the back of the neck and on the long head are the contre-parties of those on the front on each case. The main pegbox has eleven pegs, for single treble course, the rest double. The upper pegbox is for eight single strings' - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments. (London, 1998), pp. 35-36.

  • Date:
    1592 (made)
  • Maker:
    Tieffenbrucker, Wendelin
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Carved and plained pine soundboard; planed and shaded (unidentified) wooden ribs; ebony-veneered neck with ivory stringing; panels on fingerboard and back of neck veneered with ebony inlaid with ivory in contre-partie
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  • Inscriptions:I.5.9.2. / In Padoua Vuendelio Venere
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 170 cm total, Width: 34 cm, Length: 40 cm String length (shorter), Length: 148 cm string length (longer)