Russian Model Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made in Markneukirchen, Germany around 1880. It is a commercial instrument in Russian form which is constructed with ribs that bulge out from its sides. The edges of the body and ribs are rounded to form a continuous curve with the archings of the table and back. From the plan view the ends of the corners terminate as points. The closed scroll with two volutes and pegbox are rounded en suite with the body. The bass bar is carved from the graduations of the table.
On page 52 in his 1882-83 catalog, J. Howard Foote describes this instrument (#5880) among the “GERMAN VIOLINS, Russian Model ... Dark red, rounded edges, beautifully made, ebony trs., Russian Style ... $120.00 Per Doz."
The violin bears a reproduction Rubus label and is made of a two-piece table of spruce, two-piece back of maple with fine, irregular descending figure, ribs are of similar maple, neck of moderately figured maple with stylized rounded pegbox and scroll, and an opaque brown varnish heavily shaded to imitate wear and age.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 35.5 cm x 20.5 cm; 14 in x 8 1/16 in
overall: 23 3/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 3 1/8 in; 60.325 cm x 18.415 cm x 7.9375 cm
Place Made
Deutschland: Sachsen, Markneukirchen
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catalog number
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Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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