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The viola’s ribs are battered, particularly where they join the neck. The pegbox has been snapped in half, but has been repaired by the insertion of thin plates of carefully matched wood on both cheeks. It is remarkably intact. The fingerboard with an inlaid lozenge pattern, the matching tailpiece with two ivory buttons, the pegbox and scroll all seem to be original. Only the bridge, pegs, and the ivory nut are not old.

  • Date:
    before 1609
  • Maker:
    Bertolotti da Salò, Gasparo
  • Collection:
    Ashmolean Museum
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  • Place of production:
    Brescia (Timezone: Europe/Rome)
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  • Materials:pine of fine grain, golden brown varnish, figured maple
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  • Inscriptions:inscription/mark: Gasparo da Salo, in Brescia. (Original printed label)
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  • Repository:Ashmolean Museum
  • Measurements:443.75 mm of back length; 215 mm upper bout (back) width; 141.25 mm middle bout (back) width; 255 mm lower bout (back) width; 363.5 mm string current length; 360 mm string originally length