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Bass viol

"Belly of two pieces of pine, double purfled in ebony. Back of twenty-five strips of ebony and ivory stringing, and the sides similar of nine strips. Wooden side linings. Neck root and open scroll of ebony inlaid with mother-of-pearl engraved, as are also the ebony tailpiece, hook-bar and fingerboard. The back of the neck is veneered alternately with ivory and ebony strips. Ivory nut (width 6 cm). six pegs". - Anthony Baines: Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard insturments. (London, 1998), p. 7.

  • Date:
    1726 (made)
  • Maker:
    Voigt, Martin
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Ebony inlaid with mother-of-pearl, ebony ribs with ivory stringing
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  • Inscriptions:Martin Voigt in Hamburg me fecit 1726 Martin Voigt made me in Hamburg 1726
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 121 cm, Length: 67 cm body, Depth: 14 cm, Width: 30.5 cm upper bout, Width: 36 cm lower bout, Length: 66.5 cm strings