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Spanish Brass-mounted Double Violin Case, 19th Century, leather-bound and tack-decorated, the interior lined with sponge-decorated paper, approximate length of back 355 and 370 mm, ht. 6 1/2, wd. 30 1/2, dp. 13 in.
Provenance: The collection of Dr. Glenn P. Wood.
Literature: "Violin Cases of the Baroque Period," Journal of the Violin Society of America Papers, Vol. XXVII, No. 1, 2018, p. 20-26.
N.B. "This case listed as 3D20 in the registry of 'Violin Cases of the Baroque Period' is a fine example of its type, and one of only two known to us with individual compartments in the lid for two bows (the other being the one currently in the Chi-Mei Collection, Taiwan, which bears the family crest of the northern Italian Natta family, c. 1700).
The salmon pink suede lining with braided edging is identical to the interior of the ex-Bisiach double case (registry no. 3D14) ascribed to Carlo Landolfi and currently owned by case maker Luis Negri. That case also has a lift out tray with lower compartment lined with hand decorated paper.
The precise origin of this case is still under investigation and the findings will be published in due course. The similarities in design to Spanish trunks of the 18th and 19th centuries is noted and unsurprising given the influence of Spain in Italy from the 16th century."
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