Violin, ca. 1625
England or Germany
L. of body 13 1/2 in. (34.2 cm), L. of string 11 1/2 in. (29 cm)
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1990 (1990.7)
The inlaid line patterns flourished first in Brescia, but were also popular in England until well after 1700. The neck (but not the scroll) and fingerboard are nineteenth-century replacements.