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Violin, Bohemia, ca. 1800

NMM 4819.  Violin, Bohemia, ca. 1800. Side view of Bohemian violin. Back view of Bohemian violin.

NMM 4819. Violin, Bohemia, ca. 1800. This instrument illustrates several typical characteristics of Bohemian violin making during the 18th and early 19th centuries. The widely spaced, low-set f-holes, and the full, abrupt arching are Bohemian adaptations of violins built by Jakob Stainer, the greatest of the German-speaking violin makers, who lived and worked in Absam, a small village near Innsbruck, in the 17th century.

Gift of Helen Matson Mortensen (BM, University of South Dakota, 1928), Green Bay, Wisconsin, 1989, in memory of Winfred R. Colton, Dean, College of Fine Arts, University of South Dakota.



Soundholes

Soundholes on Bohemian violin.

Technical Information

Printed paper label:  Franz Oſtler, / Lauthen-und Geigenma-/ cher in Wienn.  An.  17.
Top:  two-piece, quarter-cut spruce with fine grain broadening to very wide at the flanks.
Back:  two-piece, quarter-cut maple with faint, medium, horizontal curl.
Ribs:  quarter-cut maple with faint, narrow curl.
Head:  plain maple;  long, upright pegbox;  small scroll;  grafted neck.
Arching:  rises abruptly from edges.
Varnish:  medium orange-brown;  slight craquelure.
Linings:  spruce;  narrow.
Corner blocks:  spruce.
  


Pegbox and Scroll


Front of pegbox on Bohemian violin. Sideview of pegbox on Bohemian violin. Back of pegbox on Bohemian violin.

The long pegbox, topped with a small, roughly carved scroll, is a typical characteristic of Bohemian violin making during the 18th and early 19th centuries.




Measurements

Back length:  348 mm.
Upper bout width:  158 mm.
  Center bout width:  109 mm.
  Lower bout width:  199 mm.
  Rib height:  26-29 mm.
  Stop length:  190 mm.
  Vibrating string length:  324 mm.

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