Wenger Viola D'amore

Wenger Viola D'amore

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This viola d’amore was made by Gregori Ferdinand Wenger in Augsburg, Germany, in 1722. It is a six-string instrument with six sympathetic strings, made of a two-piece spruce top, two-piece maple, ribs of similar material, head, pegbox and neck are of one piece of pearwood, and gold-brown varnish. The pegbox is ornamented with a carved blindfolded cherub and the top has a pierced carved rose of vine-like design below the fingerboard. There is a label inside the instrument:

Gregori Ferdinand Wenger
Lauten-und Geigen-Macher
Fecit Augustae 1722

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
viola d'amore
date made
1722
place made
Germany: Bavaria, Augsburg
Physical Description
spruce (overall material)
maple (overall material)
pearwood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 30 1/2 in x 9 1/4 in x 4 1/4 in; 77.47 cm x 23.495 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
1994.0036.02
accession number
1994.0036
catalog number
1994.0036.02
Credit Line
Gift of Lex K. Larson in memory of Arthur Larson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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