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Viola d'amore

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Viol type body, shallow model. Flat back of maple, in two pieces. Ribs of maple. Belly of pine, highly arched between middle bouts; inlaid purfling, flame type sound-holes. Neck of maple with a clearance groove for sympathetic strings. Peg-box integral with neck, slightly tilted toward...

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Printed label: JOACHIM TIELKE / in Hamburg, An. 16 [handwritten: 70]


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection

mid 18th century

Object Place

Probably Prague, Czech Republic


Length 74.7 cm, width 24.2 cm (Length 29 7/16 in., width 9 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce, ebony


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones