Maker: Unknown Maker

Date: ca. 1625

Geography: England or Germany

Culture: British or German

Medium: Wood

Dimensions: Body L.: 34.2 (13-1/2 in.; String L.: 29 cm (11-1/2 in.); Total L.: 55.6 cm (21-3/4 in.); Greatest Width, Lower Bouts: 18.9 cm (7-1/2 in.)

Classification: Chordophone-Lute-bowed-unfretted

Credit Line: Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 1990

Accession Number: 1990.7


Inlaid lines and patterns like those found on this violin were first found on instruments built in the city of Brescia, but also became popular in England where they appeared throughout the seventeenth century and even into the eighteenth.
The neck (but not the scroll) and fingerboard are nineteenth century replacements.