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Viola d'amore (converted to a quinton)

Belly of a single piece of pine, with two flame-shaped soundholes. The back of two pieces of sycamore joined with a narrow strip of ebony down the centre. Sides, neck and scrolled head of sycamore. Fingerboard, nut and tailpiece all of ebony. Small, intricately carved rose below the fingerboard, with narrow, inlaid border of ebony. Five strings, two gut, three overspun, held by five ebony pegs in the head. The neck, fingerboard and tailpiece are all of a later date, added presumably when the instrument was converted to its present five-stringed form, possibly during the late eighteenth century.

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  • Inscriptions:Label: "Johannes Udalricus Eberle fecit, Prague, 1759"
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  • Repository:National Museums Liverpool
  • Measurements:Total length 680mm, width of bouts 190mm, 140mm, 230mm, depth 60mm, string length from nut to tailpiece 480mm