Viola d'amore with festoon outline and with sloping upper back, conveted to viola. Front of fine to medium grain; highly arched with flame-shaped soundholes; purfling on front only; opaque brown varnish with areas of craquelure. Ribs and one-piece flat back, with fold, of narrow curl. There are two bars across the back and a soundpost plate. Conventional viola neck except that the back of the pegbox is pierced with a simple entwined fret; the ?original finial, a winged cupid head without blindfold, was grafted onto the viola pegbox. Six plugged holes around tailpin for the hitchpins for sympathetic strings.
first half of the 18th century
Royal College of Music Museum
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- Measurements:Length: 678mm. Width: 256mm.
- View the original record:http://museumcollections.rcm.ac.uk/collection/Details/collect/1080