German Violin

German Violin

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Description (Brief)
This violin was made in Markneukirchen, Germany around 1880. This commercial violin from the J. Howard Foote collection was intended to be a copy of Vuillaume, with scratch marks and walnut stain applied in imitation of age and wear. It also bears spruce blocks and linings set into the corner blocks. The instrument was itemized in the Smithsonian accession documents of 1882 as cat. #1654, but does not correspond to listings in known Foote catalogs. It is described in the accession as: "Vuillaume" copy, plain ebony trimmings. This violin bears a reproduction Vuillaume label and is made of a two-piece table of spruce, two-piece back of maple with broad, even descending figure, ribs of complementary maple, similarly figured maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and is artificially shaded and stained, with a transparent reddish-orange varnish.
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Object Name
Date made
Place Made
Germany: Saxony, Markneukirchen
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 24 in x 8 1/2 in x 5 in; 60.96 cm x 21.59 cm x 12.7 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of J. Howard Foote
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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