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Bass viol, Richard Meares, London, c. 1680

DETAILS

Object name
Maker
Date
circa 1680
Place
Object number
RCM0936
Acquisition
Gift from Kessler, Jane — 2012

Description

This Meares viol survives in an unusually complete state, retaining its original maple neck and head, as well as its ebony on maple fingerboard and tailpiece. Four of its pegs are also original. The front is made from bent spruce staves and the back of two pieces of maple/sycamore. The ornamentation is particularly fine, consisting of a geometrical design in purfling on the back and a point d’aiguille (cross hatching in imitation of lace) floral pattern on the front.

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