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NMM 4900. Violin by Giovanni Battista Ceruti, Cremona, ca. 1805-1810
Gift of J. Laiten Weed Estate, Yankton, South Dakota, 1990

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Violin by Giovanni Ceruti, Cremona, ca. 1805-1810
Bass side of Ceruti violin
Back of Ceruti violin

Technical Information

Fascimile paper label:  Jo:  Baptista Ceruti Cremonensis / fecit Cremonĉ An. 1801 [GBC monogram].
Top:  two-piece, quarter-cut spruce with medium grain, widening then narrowing at the flanks.
Back:  one-piece, semi-slab-cut maple, mostly plain, with faint, narrow curl at center bout;  knots at upper-bass and center bouts;  filled wormholes under original varnish and purfling; ebony dowels through back into top and bottom blocks.
Edging:  sharply scooped.
Ribs:  semi-slab-cut maple, faint curl;  filled wormholes under original varnish.
Head:  maple with faint, very narrow curl.
Neck: grafted.
Varnish:  golden, with very fine craquelure.
F-holes: slightly undercut on wings;  inside edges stained black.  Spruce linings set into spruce corner blocks.


Ceruti violin soundholes

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Scroll and Pegbox

Front of pegbox and scroll
Bass side of pegbox and scroll
Back of pegbox and scroll

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Back length:  350 mm.
Upper bout width, back:  163 mm.
Center bout width, back:  110 mm.
Lower bout width, back:  201 mm.
Top length:  347 mm.
Upper bout width, top:  163 mm.
Center bout width, top:  110 mm.
Lower bout width, top:  202 mm.
Rib height:  28-30 mm.
Stop length:  192 mm.
Vibrating string length:  327 mm.

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