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Bass Viola da Gamba by Guidantus, 1728

NMM 3352.  Bass viola da gamba by Johannes Guidantus, Bologna, 1782

NMM 3352. Bass viola da gamba by Johannes Florenus Guidantus, Bologna, 1728. Printed label: Joannes Florenus Guidantus, / Fecit Bononiae Anno. 1728. According to Laurence Witten, this viol was produced during a period (ca. 1685-1730) "when a comparatively small and shortlived demand for viols (of powerful violin-like construction) seems to have been created in Italian court orchestras by northern music and/or musicians." Ex colls.: Bedetti, Bologna; Silvestre family, Lyons; William E. Hill & Sons, London; E. J. Payne, England; Alexander Mackay-Smith, New York; and Emil Herrman, Stepney, Connecticut. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.

Close-up of Soundhole

Soundhole of bass viola da gamba by Johannes Guidantus, 
Bologna, 1782

Front, Side, and Back Views

Front of bass viola da gamba by Johannes Guidantus, 
Bologna, 1782 Side of bass viola da gamba by Johannes Guidantus, 
Bologna, 1782 Back of bass viola da gamba by Johannes Guidantus, 
Bologna, 1782

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