Viola da gamba
Bass viol with sloping shoulders, deep ribs and C-shaped soundholes. Two-piece spruce top. Back and ribs made of flamed maple. Ivory binding on top (possibly not original). Two large repair patches to inside of back. Ebony fingerboard and nut. Round-shaped finial with inlaid ivory and ebony rings (possibly not original). Eight ebony friction pegs, with ivory button inlay, and eight strings (one copper-wound, three silver-wound and four gut). No frets. Modified tailpiece of rosewood, with tailgut fixing, endpin and saddle. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.
Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton
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- Hornbostel-Sachs classification:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
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- Decorative elements:Engraved ivory-inlaid tailpiece with foliage, a perched bird (peacock?), and two garden scenes (trees, potted plant). Engraved ivory centerpiece on finial, with floral motifs.
- Hornbostel-Sachs category:321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars sounded by bowing with a bow
- Repository:Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton
- Measurements:Height: 1165mm; Width (lower bout): 390mm; Width (upper bout): 315mm Depth: 125mm