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Viola d'amore

Englische violet, a variant of the viola d’amore, with eight playing strings (later reduced to seven) and 24 sympathetic strings; viol outline. Front two-piece, of ?ne to medium grain with fine grain at centre; highly arched with strong depression around the flame-shaped sound-holes. Below end of fingerboard a small inserted pierced rosette in a third soundhole outlined with an alternating bone/ebony collar. Purfling and black edging only on the front. Ribs and one-piece back of bird’s-eye maple. Pale golden varnish. Flat back has two folds so that ribs taper towards neck and tail; two transverse bars and a soundpost plate. Twenty-four tuning pins with watch-key heads set in recess in the tailblock in two sets, twelve each side of hookbar of ivory.

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    Eberle, Johannes Ulrich [Person]
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    Royal College of Music Museum
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  • Inscriptions:Printed label on soundpost plate: "Joannes Udalricus Eberle, / Lauten-Macher in Prag, 1737." [last two digits handwritten]
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 790mm. Width: 247mm.