8 July 1999
A BASS VIOLA DA GAMBA
English, circa 1700, unlabelled
The three-piece flat back with purfled arabesques and applied decoration to the seams and top of the back, the ribs with geometric purfled designs, the front with purfled stylised designs. The fine carved pegbox surmounted by a carved woman's head is probably a replacement
48.13/16 in. (124 cm.) long overall; the string 26 in. (68 cm.) long
Rothschild inv. no. AR970.
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1903 Theresianumgasse Inventory, p. 93, no. 221.
1905 Theresianumgasse Inventory, p. 515, no. 2.
Nathaniel von Rothschild, loc. cit., described the coat-of-arms as that of Duke Francesco Maria I of Urbino.
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