Raphael Nella [?]

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Raphael Nella [?]

Instrument: viola

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitars with a bow

Violin maker: unknown / Raphael Nella [?]

Date: 17/18th c.

Country: Italy [?]

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-49, identification no. MKiS XVc-50

Provenance: bought  on 30 Nov. 1966 from Zofia Daszkiewicz from Warsaw, belonged to the Daszkiewicz family "for ages"

Description: classical model; spruce [?] belly, one-piece sycamore back; dark brown varnish; back and neck probably replaced as the instrument underwent many repairs; label authenticity raises doubts; made by Raphael Nella or another north-Italian or Tyrolean maker; maintained by E. Gosiewski in 1968

Inscriptions: printed label reads Nella Raphael / Brescia A. 1652

Measurements: body length 394 mm, upper bout 190 mm, middle bout 125 mm, lower bout 238 mm, total length 669 mm

Materials: spruce [?], sycamore

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

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