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Viola d'amore

Viola d'amore with viol outline (sloping shoulders, flat back) and flame-shaped soundholes. Spruce top. Back, ribs and neck made of maple. Ebony unfretted fingerboard and ebony nut. Ten rosewood pegs for five melody strings (one silver-wound, four gut) and five sympathetic strings (probably silver). The neck has a clearance groove for the sympathetic strings that run below the fingerboard. Festooned ebony 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:Pegbox finial in the shape of a blindfolded Cupid head. Single strip of dark purfling (ebony?) on top and on the rear bottom of pegbox.
  • Inscriptions:Paper label inside, handwritten: Antoni Zacher Lautten und / Geigenmacher in Ingol= / stadt 1707
  • 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: 740mm; Width (lower bout): 250mm; Width (upper bout): 175mm