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Violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri (Ruggerius), Brescia, 1715

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NMM 3362. Violin by Pietro Giacomo Rogeri (Ruggerius), Brescia, 1715. Ex coll.: Bisiach, Milan. Witten-Rawlins Collection, 1984.

Signature:  printed on paper label with visibly lined texture, the year written in black ink: Petrus Jacobus Ruggerius de Nicolaij Amati / Cremonenƒis fecit Brixiæ 17i5 [three, partially cut-off S's, aligned along right side of label].

Other inscription:  scratched on back at lower bout, near treble corner:  M S


Front and Back of Body


Front of body Back of body

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Top:  two-piece, quarter-cut spruce: very fine grain broadening toward the flanks; slightly wavy grain on treble side toward center joint; one wood pin through top into top block on treble side of center joint; three wood pins through top into bottom block, one on treble side of center joint; top not notched at neck heel

Back:  two-piece maple cut off-the-quarter: faint, medium, horizontal curl; filled pin hole through back into top block through center joint, toward bass side; maple pin through back into bottom block through center joint, toward bass side

Purfling:  inlaid on top, burned on back; does not continue under fingerboard

Varnish:  light red-orange

Fingerboard:  ebony veneer over black-stained hardwood

Ribs:  maple cut off-the quarter: faint medium curl; upper and lower bout ribs overlap center ribs at corners; slightly rounded edges at corners

Edging:  edge not rounded under fingerboard

Tailpiece:  ebony veneer over maple; tailgut passes through holes drilled in face

Tailgut:  two pieces of plain gut; affixed at bottom with fine plain gut wrap

Saddle:  ebony; flush with top; later; original extended into lower ribs, now patched

Endpin:  bone

Linings:  willow or poplar; center linings set into corner blocks

Corner blocks:  spruce

Top block:  spruce; three nails with forged heads

Bottom block:  willow or poplar; narrow

Bassbar:  later

Other:  gouge marks on inside of back



Soundholes


Soundholes

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F-holes:  undercut; inside edges stained dark red-brown


Pegbox and Scroll Views


Front view of pegbox Back view of pegbox

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Bass side view of pegbox Treble side view of pegbox

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Nut:  bone (from Witten-Rawlins accessories collection)

Wear on bass side of pegbox from sliding the violin in and out of a case with bottom opening


Neck Heel


Bass side of neck heel Back of neck heel Treble side of neck heel

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Head and neck:  maple: plain; notch in bottom of neck at intersection with top; remnants of three nails visible on neck heel; neck re-angled at heel; neck probably slightly narrowed and reshaped


Measurements

 

Total violin length:  553 mm
Stop length:  176 mm
Vibrating string length:  307 mm
Neck length (bottom of nut to ribs):  123.8 mm (original); 126.6 (current)
Top length:  330 mm
Top upper bout width:  150.2 mm
Top center bout width:  102.2 mm
Top lower bout width:  185 mm
Back length:  329 mm
Back upper bout width:  154.5 mm
Back center bout width:  102.8 mm
Back lower bout width:  189 mm
Upper rib height:  27.2-28.9 mm
Center rib height:  28.3-29.4 mm
Lower rib height:  28.8-29.6 mm

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