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Viola da Gamba

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Joachim Tielcke (1641-1719)1699HamburgPine, maple, ivory, tortoise shell, mother of pearl, silver, gold dust and gold leaf, rosewood and reddish brown varnish 127,5 x 40 x 14 cm

This seven-stringed viola da gamba, made by the Hamburger instrument artisan Joachim Tielke in 1699, must be one of the most graceful and melodious string instruments ever made. Around 1700, Tielke’s workshop became renowned throughout Europe, thus, the workshop received commissions for instruments from numerous royal courts. Friedrich Chrysander (1826-1901), the Hamburg musicologist, acquired this instrument in 1892. Ornate engravings and lavishly inlayed precious materials, such as ebony, ivory and tortoise shell, turn this instrument into a jewel. It was the first instrument acquired for the musical instrument collection belonging to the MGK.