Scottish viola by Robert Ballantyne, Glasgow 1848
The attractive two-piece back of maple of strong medium curl descending across the back from the centre joint. The ribs similar, the pegbox and scroll of somewhat less pronounced curl. The front in two pieces of spruce of medium grain in the center becoming finer towards the flanks. The varnish of a rich red-orange colour on a yellow ground.
- Length of back 419mm
- Width upper bout 190mm
- Width middle bout 132mm
- Width lower bout 242mm
BALLANTYNE, Robert Born 1796 Hulton Knowe, d.c.1870 Glasgow, Scotland UK. Worked in Edinburgh from 1827, from the same address as John Blair, 8 Potterrow. The two men evidently had some association and there are obvious similarities in their work, but from 1831 to 1834 Ballantyne was at 1 West College St., then at 35 High St., close to Thomas Hardie. In 1841 he moved to Glasgow, remaining there until his death. His work is rare but full of character.
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