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Pochette by Mathias Wörle, Augsburg, 1691

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NMM 4651. Pochette by Mathias Wörle, Augsburg, 1691. Handwritten label: Mathias Wörle in / Augspurg Ao · i · 6 · 9 · i. One-piece back, neck, pegbox, and scroll, of fruitwood. Boxwood pegs. Mid-to-late eighteenth-century, papier-mâché case and bow (see NMM 4652). Length: 463 mm. Ex coll.: Baron Armand van Zuylen, Liège. Arne B. and Jeanne F. Larson Fund, 1989.

Mathias Wörle was raised in the mountains of the Tyrol. Born about 1650 in Vils, a small town along the major trade route that led from Italy, across the Alps, to Augsburg and points north, he settled in Augsburg as a lute-maker. However, he died relatively young, in 1695 (four years after he built this pochette), and his wife soon after married Georg Aman, a violin-maker back in Vils.

Pegbox and Scroll Views

Front view of pegbox Bass side view of pegbox Treble side view of pegbox Back view of pegbox

Views of Body

Front of body Bass side view Treble side view Back



Tailpiece and Button at Lower End

Tailpiece Lower end

Papier-mâché Case

Original case
Case latch

View inside case

Literature:  Important Musical Instruments Including the Van Zuylen Collection of Early Instruments (London: Christie, Manson & Woods, March 16, 1988), lot 191, p. 43.

"It's Been an Incredible Decade . . . Museum Makes Important Acquisitions Again in 1989," Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 17, No. 2 (January 1990), p. 7.

"1989 Acquisitions at USD Music Museum," Newsletter of the American Musical Instrument Society 19, No. 1 (February 1990), p. 16.

André P. Larson, Amadeus:   His Music and the Instruments of Eighteenth-century Vienna, exhibition catalog, Dahl Fine Arts Center, Rapid City, South Dakota, February 4-March 2, 1990 (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1990), p. 8.

Paul R. Laird, "That Gut Feeling: The World of Early Strings—The Shrine to Music Museum," Continuo (June 1996), p. 16.

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