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A small theorbo, with a back of fifteen ribs, alternately rosewood and ivory. Pine belly with carved rose and ivory purfling, also an ivory heart-shaped ornament to the lower end. The bridge is probably not original. The back of the neck has marquetry decoration in snake wood and ivory consisting of floral scrolls, a bird and a double-headed eagle. The fingerboard has ivory panels engraved with figures and a landscape, framed with ebony and ivory strips. The main pegbox has fourteen pegholes but a nut with eleven grooves. The upper pegbox has fourteen pegholes of which two are plugged, and an offset nut which appears to be of later date.

  • Date:
    ca. 1650 (made)
  • Maker:
    Choc, Cristoforo
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Place of production:
    Venice (city)
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  • Materials:Pine soundboard, ivory purfling (bordering), rosewood and ivory ribs, with ebony and ivory veneer front of neck and ivory and snakewood marquetry back of neck
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  • Inscriptions:CHRISTOFOLO [sic] CHOC AL AQUILA DORO IN VENEZIA Cristoforo Choc at the Golden Eagle in Venice
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 106 cm, Length: 39.5 cm soundboard, Length: 27 cm neck, Width: 31 cm