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Tenor viol

Small tenor viol which has a front (as dendrochronology has confirmed) inserted by W. E. Hill & Sons before 1900. The hook-bar, pegs, neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece are all new, whilst the pegbox, although undoubtedly of the period, may not have been made for this viol. The tapering extension grafted onto the pegbox continues the scrolling designs in low relief against a ground that is pricked, not punched as on the original. The fine head of a bearded man, painted black with gilded hair and red lips, does not belong to the present pegbox, but has been removed from another instrument.

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    Rose, John
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    Ashmolean Museum
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    London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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  • Inscriptions:inscription/mark: John Rose / 1598 (Label in pen and ink)
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  • Repository:Ashmolean Museum
  • Measurements:590 mm string length; 1060 mm overall length; 551 mm of belly length; 254 mm upper bout (back) width; 179 mm middle bout (back) width; 319 mm lower bout (back) width