The other glass cases of instruments have a Jacob Stainer, another Strad, a Lupot, a Rugeri, and Wamsley violins, and a Forster viola.
I’ve labelle d the instru ments in the 4 photos. The camera flash gives some feeling for the arching, but you really have to see these instruments to appreciate them: go and visit Oxford and the Ashmolean if you can.
The Jacob Stainer has some drama in its voluptuous arching, above left and the back below, which is noticeably less bulbous than the 10’s of thousands of Stainer copies. It has a stunning back.
The Forster viola is a lovely colour (right), and the Lupot has an elaborate back. The small Strad has exquisite inlay and ornamentation. Click on the pictures to see them.
There’s an early Gasparo da Salo viola in one cabinet: a vast ‘viola’ with only 2 corners. A wonderful wood choice on this instrument, and the bridge is set well below the ff holes.
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