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'Vaulted back of five broad ribs of engraved marquetry of tortoiseshell, ivory and pewter in floral designs, cupids and classical scenes identified by short inscriptions; also with putti running through foliage in chase scenes. The sides are of marquetry, similarly decorated. The pine belly, with ladder-pattern purfling in ebony, ivory and pewter, is inlaid with floral marquetry in tortoiseshell, ivory and ebony in the star-shaped surround to the rose. The sunk rose is of vellum, of extreme complexity, partly gilded. The bridge is decorated with engraved mother-of-pearl and flanked by floral scrolls in tortoiseshell marquetry applied to the belly. The neck is decorated on the back with tortoiseshell and ivory marquetry, and the extension of the belly wood is inlaid with leaves in engraved mother-of-pearl. The flush ebony fingerboard is bordered with ivory fillets, and is without frets. The head has openwork of carved ivory in a floral design with putto. There are eleven pegs of carved and turned ivory, for six courses of strings, the first single, the rest double.' Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-Keyboard Instruments (London, 1978), p. 57.

  • Date:
    1693 (made)
  • Maker:
    Tielke, Joachim [Person]
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Softwood, ivory and turtle shell veneer, mother-of-pearl and ebony, with engraved marquetry, gilt vellum rosette and carved ivory openwork head
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  • Inscriptions:IOACHIM TIELKE / in Hamburg, An.1693 Joachim Tielke in Hamburg, 1693 C'Est trop tard It is too late L'injustice de Midée The injustice of Midas En jovant [jouant] In playing Secours me nuit help harms me La Musique d'Orphée Tire tout a soy The music of Orpheus attracts all things to himself En riant me tue In laughing he kills me.
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 102 cm total, Length: 50 cm body, Width: 30 cm maximum, Depth: 13 cm maximum