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Viola d'amore

Viola d'amore with viol outline (sloping shoulders, flat back) and flamed-shaped soundholes. Spruce top. Back and ribs made of maple. Ebony nut and unfretted fingerboard with slightly slanted lower cut. Fourteen rosewood pegs for seven melody strings (two silver-wound, five gut) and seven sympathetic strings (silver?). The neck has a clearance groove for the sympathetic strings that run below the fingerboard. Festooned boxwood tailpiece, with slanted top, red-painted tailgut, and ebony saddle. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.

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  • Decorative elements:Single dark-light-dark purfling on top.
  • Inscriptions:Paper label inside (difficult to read, but possibly): Fabbrica di Violini, Violongelli, / e Bassi del Signor Antonio Ga- / gliano del qu. Nicola . Strada / Cerriglio num. 5. Napoli li / 18 [26 or 28 handwritten]
  • 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: 785mm; Width (lower bout): 240mm; Width (upper bout): 190mm