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Bass Viola da Gamba
Viola da Gamba
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 684
This instrument, previously converted to a 'cello, was reconverted to a gamba by the English maker George Saint George in 1899 when he fitted it with a new neck and fingerboard. The instrument was received further repairs in 1956 by Dietrich M. Kessler.
Marking: 1) (labelled) Barak Norman, at the Bass Viol in St. Paul's Ally, London Fecit 1692; 2) (repair labels) Restored by G. Saint George May, 1899. new neck, fingerboard, etc.; and 3) Dietrich M. Kessler/of Zurich/London/restored Jan. 1956
"Recent Acquisitions: A Selection 1990-1991." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1991), pg. 52, ill.
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