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A POCHETTE OR DANCING MASTER'S KIT
By Mathias Humell, German, 17th Century
Labelled 'Mathias Humell/Augsberg 1649', the cigar shaped body of ivory and ebony staves, the fingerboard of ebony and ivory, the table set with C-holes and a heart shaped soundhole, the back of the pegbox of a scrolling acanthus form
16 in. (41.2 cm.) long overall
Provenance
Rothschild inv. no. AR1387.

Lot Essay

This kit, with its Roman acanthus enrichment, is chequered black and white in the manner of a German kit acquired in 1905 by the Victoria and Albert Museum (see A. Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum, pt. 11, London, 1998, no. 4/5), also likely to have come from the Humell workshop.

Matthias Hummel (c. 1634-c. 1670) worked in Augsburg as a lute maker and belonged to the Guild of Joiners there.
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