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Viola d'amore

Viola d'amore with seven bowed strings and seven sympathetic strings; viol outline. Front fine-grained, highly-arched, with flame-shaped soundholes; a small soundhole below end of fingerboard with inserted pierced rosette of bone or ivory. Tailpiece ?later; ornament missing. Ribs and two-piece flat back of bold curl with double purfling along centre joint. Double purfling throughout treated as an edge-banding; it also outlines the neck/body joint. Slightly opaque reddish varnish. Back is convex lengthways as well as having a fold and sloping towards the neck. Pegbox with finial of male head wearing crested helmet.

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    Eberle, Johannes Ulrich [Person]
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    Royal College of Music Museum
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  • Inscriptions:Printed label: "Joan Udalricus Eberll / fecit Pragae 1740" [last two digits handwritten]
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  • Repository:Royal College of Music Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 767mm. Width: 242mm.