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Pochette, ?German, 17th century

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
17th century
Place
Object number
RCM0055
Acquisition
Gift from Donaldson, George — 1894

Description

Pochette (Taschengeige) with a boat-shaped body. Front highly-arched, edged with a single black line and pierced with small holes forming a cruciform pattern at end of fingerboard. Back of five staves of ?plumwood with ivory lines along centres and joints; lined with paper; both ends of staves have inlaid plaques of ?ivory decorated with motif of sunflowers, the lines of the engraving filled with red pigment. Tail-button of bone or ivory; later tailpiece. Fingerboard decorated alternately in Chequers and lines of ebony and ivory, with pierced and notched decoration at lower end. Neck and pegs of fruitwood; pegs have small ivory buttons; further bone or ivory plaques in back and sides of pegbox with foliate and sunflower motifs incised and reddened; chip-carved edge to pegbox, and finial in the form of a ?lion’s head. The style of the carved head suggests that the pochette may be Saxon or Polish in origin.

Dimensions

Length: 492mm. Width: 39.9mm. Depth: 35mm.

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