Grant Tomlinson, Luthier -  Historical Lute Data
(Data Sheets and Photographs)


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Bologna, Accademia Filarmonica

1 Vvendelio Venere, 1592, (7x2), string length 584 mm

Bologna, Museo Civico

2 Magno Dieffopruchar, 1612, (7 x 2), string length 650 mm

3 Michielle Harton, 1599, (now 10 x 2), string length 698 mm

4 Vvendelio Venere, 1609, (archlute 6 x 2, 8 x 1), sl 635mm, 1397 mm

5 Matteo Sellas, 1639, (archlute 1 x 1, 5 x 2, 8 x 1), sl 642, 1329 mm

6 Magno Stegher, (10 x 2), sl 895 mm

7 Giorgio Sthoas, (11 x2), sl 540, 811 mm

8 Otavio Smidt, 1612, sl 574 mm, (?)

Paris, Musée des Arts Decoratifs

11 Jacob Hes, 1586 (7 x 2), sl 552mm

12 “WT” – fake ivory lute (1 x 1, 4 x 2), sl 545mm

13 Wendelinus Tieffenbruker (2 x 1, 9 x 2, 2 x 2), sl 687mm, (?)

14 Joann Blafius Weigert, 1748 (1 x 1, 7 x 2), sl 706mm

15 Empty Folder

16 Empty Folder

North Italy (private collection – examined in Basel)

17 Vvendelinus Tiefembruker (1 x 1, 10 x 2, 1 x 1), sl 730mm

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

18 C36, Vvendelio Venere, 1582 (7 x 2, now 5 x 2), sl 667.5mm

19 C39, WE brand (Venere),  (7 x 2 bridge, 13 pegs), sl 440mm

20 C40, WE brand (Venere), (7 x 2 bridge, 13 pegs), sl 443mm

21 C41, WE brand (Venere), (1 x 1, 3 x 2), sl 299.5mm

22 C46, Vvendelio Venere, 1595 (7 x 2, 3 x 1), sl 692, 1170mm

23 C47, Vvendelio Venere, 1611 (Theorbo 6 x 2, 8 x 1), sl 759, 1204.5mm

24 C45, Magno Dieffopruchar (Archlute 6 x 2, 8 x 1), sl 674, 1418mm

25 C33, Hans Frei (2 x 1, 9 x 2), sl 702.5mm

26 C34, Hans Frei (2 x 1, 9 x 2), sl 677mm

27 C32, Laux Maller (2 x 1, 9 x 2), sl 721mm

28 A35, Georg Gerle (1 x 1, 5 x 2), sl 596.5mm

29 C37, Anon “mandora lute”(1 x 1, 4 x 2), sl 587.4mm

30 C50, Anon (2 x 1, 4 x 2, 5 x 2), sl 389, 621mm

31 #56, Vvendelio Venere, 1597 (2 x 1, 9 x 2, 2 x 2), sl 709, 758mm

32 NE48, Hanns Burkholzer, 1596 / T. Edlinger 1705 (2 x 1, 9 x 2, 2 x 2),
sl 706.8, 760mm

Nüremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum

33 MI 44, Michielle Harton, 1602 (8 x 2), sl 937mm

34 MI 56, Michielle Harton, 1599 (now 8 x 2), sl now 780.5mm

35 MIR 898, Joannes Blafius Weigert (2 x 1, 9 x 2), sl 718.5mm

36 MI 245, Martin Hoffmann, 169_  (2 x 1, 6 x 2, 5 x 2), sl 696.7, 970mm

Braunschweig, Städtisches Museum

37 Vvendelio Venere, 1578 (many alterations, 13 ribbed yew body)

Brussels, Musée Instrumental

38 #1561 Giouane Heiber (1 x 1, 6 x 2 bridge, 14 pegs), sl 593.5mm

39 #1559 J. C. Hoffmann, 1716, (2 x 1, 9 x 2), sl 717mm

40 #3188 J. C. Hoffmann, 1730, (2 x 1, 9 x 2, 2 x 2), sl 711.5, 771mm

41 #545 Anon. (2 x 1, 9 x 2), sl 701.5

42 #1560 Martino Kaiser (1 x 1, 10 x 2), sl 722

43 #3179 Claude Allard, 1671 or 1691, (1 x 1, 6 x 2), sl 659mm

44 #1556 Mateu Hofmans, 1605, (9 x 2), sl  (approx) 490mm

45 #1578 M H Angelica (9 x 1, 8 x 1), sl 542.5, 1069mm

46 #1563 Vvendelio Venere, 1619, (Archlute 1 x 1, 6 x 2, 4 x 2), sl 675.5, 1052.5mm

47 #255 Matteo Sellas (Theorbo, 1 x 1, 5 x 2, 8 x 1), sl (now) 742.7, 1538mm

48 #1562 Pietro Raillich (Archlute, 1 x 1, 6 x 2, 8 x 1), sl 657.5, 1555mm

49 #1570 Matheus Buechenberg, 16_0, (Theorbo, 6 x 1, 8 x 1), sl ? (in pieces)

50 #1569 P.R. brand (Pietro Raillich), (instrument in pieces)

51 #1564 Anon. (7 x 2, 7 x 2), sl 544.9, 846mm

52 #544 Michal Zolas (6 x 2, 8 x 1) sl 605, 945 mm

53 #251 Joannes Jauck, 1746, (1 x 1, 5 x 2, 3 x 2) sl 694, 826.5mm

54 Empty Folder

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

55 #W6-1940 Vvendelio Venere, 1592, (Archlute,1 x 1, 5 x 2, 8 x 1) sl 666.5, 1449.5mm

56 #190-1882 Matheus Buechenberg, 1614, (Theorbo, 6 x 2, 8 x 1) sl 892.5, 1583.5mm

57 #1126-1869 Matteo Sellas, 1637 (Liuto attiorbato, 2 x 1, 6 x 2, 7 x 2) sl 649, 933.5mm

58 #7756-1862 Christofolo Choc (Liuto attiorbato, now 7 x 2, 9 x 1) sl 573, 842.5mm


59 #1125-1869 Anon. (1 x 1, 10 x 2), sl 675.5mm

London Royal College of Music

60 RCM203 Vvendelio Venere, 1600 (now 6 x 2, 8 x 1), sl 686mm

61 RCM26 Magno Dieffopruchar, 1608 (Theorbo, 6 x 2, 8 x 1) sl 936mm

62 RCM9 Vendelinus Tieffenbruker, (now 7 x 2), sl now 584mm

63 Empty Folder

64 Empty Folder

Leipzig (measured at the Centennial Museum, Vancouver, 1981)

65 Vvendelio Venere / J.J. Edlinger 1732, (2 x 1, 9 x 2, 2 x 2), sl 750, 796.7mm


Property of Paul Thomson (Private Collection)

66 Anon. 25 ribbed striped yew bowl


Property of Michael Morrow (Private Collection)

67 Langenwalder, 1633 or 37, (31 ribbed striped yew bowl)

Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris

68 E980.2.320 Vendelinus Tieffenbruker, 9 ribbed bowl

69 E980.2.0 Laux Bosch/Seb. Schelle

70 E548 Vvendelio Venere (Theorbo, 6 x 1, 8 x 1), sl 894, 1662mm

71 E295 J.C. Hoffmann, 1720, (2x1, 6 x 2, 5 x 2), sl 734, 1004mm

72 E633C218 Seb. Schelle, 1727, (2 x 1, 9 x 2, 2 x 2) sl 702.5, 757mm

73 4802 317 Angelique or French theorbo

Musee Bardini, Florence

74 #142 Matheus Buechenberg, 1608, (in pieces)

75 #154 Tesler, 1621 (in pieces)

76 #155 Matheus Buechenberg, (in pieces)

77 491-144 Magno Dieffopruchar , 1609, (8x2) sl 671.8mm


Bologna, Accademia Filarmonica

1 (1-21) Vvendelio Venere, 1592 

Bologna, Museo Civico

2 (1-11) Magno Dieffopruchar, 1612

3 (1-10) Michielle Harton, 1599

4 (1-7) Vvendelio Venere, 1609 (archlute)

5 (1-18) Matteo Sellas, 1639

6 (1-8) Magno Stegher

7 (1-4) Giorgio Sthoas

8 (1-6) Otavio Smidt, 1612

Paris, Musée des Arts Decoratifs

11 (1-8) Jacob Hes

12 (1-7) “WT” – fake ivory lute

13 (1-8) Wendelinus Tieffenbruker

14 (1-7) Joann Blafius Weigert, 1748

15 Empty Folder

16 Empty Folder

North Italy (private collection – examined in Basel)

17 (1-12) Vvendelinus Tiefembruker 

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum

18 (1-16) C36 Vvendelio Venere, 1582

19 (1-15) C39 WE

20 (1-13) C40 WE

21 (1-9) C41 WE

22 (1-17) C46 Vvendelio Venere, 1595

23 (1-18) C47 Vvendelio Venere, 1611 

24 (1-17) C45 Magno Dieffopruchar  archlute

25 (1-14) C33 Hans Frei

26 (1-15) C34 Hans Frei

27 (1-18) C32 Laux Maller

28 (1-13) A35 Georg Gerle

29 (1-8) C37 Anon “mandora lute”

30 (1-9) C50 Anon “Small Italian Theorbe”

31 (1-10) #56 Vvendelio Venere, 1597

32 (1-13) #125 Hanns Burkholzer, 1596


Nüremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum

33 (1-13) MI 44 Michielle Harton, 1602

34 (1-9) MI 56 Michielle Harton, 1599

35 (1-17) MIR898 Joannes Blafius Weigert

36 (1-12) MI245 Martin Hoffmann, 169_ 

Braunschweig, Städtisches Museum

37 (1-9) Vvendelio Venere

Brussels, Musée Instrumental

38 (1-23) #1561 Giouane Heiber

39 (1-17) #1559 J. C. Hoffmann, 1716

40 (1-12) #3188 J. C. Hoffmann, 1730

41 (1-9) #545 Anon.

42 (1-14) #1560 Martino Kaiser

43 (1-9) #3179 Claude Allard, 1671 or 1691

44 (1-26) #1556 Mateu Hofmans, 1605

45 (1-16) #1578 M H Angelica 

46 (1-22) #1563 Vvendelio Venere, 1619 archlute

47 (1-20) #255 Matteo Sellas 

48 (1-12) #1562 Pietro Raillich

49 (1-16) #1570 Matheus Buechenberg, 16(1)0 

50 (1-9) #1569 P.R. brand (Pietro Raillich)

51 (1-5) #1564 Anon. 

52 (1-10) #544 Michal Zolas di Genova 

53 (1-7) #251 Joannes Jauck, 1746

54 Empty Folder

Victoria and Albert Museum, London

55 (1-16) #W.6-1940 Vvendelio Venere, 1592


56 (1-14) #190-1882 Matheus Buechenberg, Rome 1614 

57 (1-16) #1126-1869 Matteo Sellas, 1637


58 (1) #7756-1862 Christofolo Choc 


59 (1-12) #1125-1869 Anon.

London Royal College of Music

60 (1-13) RCM203 Vvendelio Venere, 1600 

61 (1-7) RCM26 Magno Dieffopruchar, 1608

62 (1-5) RCM9 Vendelinus Tieffenbruker mando lute

63 Empty Folder

64 Empty Folder 

Leipzig (measured at the Centennial Museum, Vancouver, 1981)

65 (1-13) Vvendelio Venere / Edlinger 1732


Property of Paul Thomson (Private Collection)

66 (1-13) Anon.


Property of Michael Morrow (Private Collection)

67 Empty Folder


Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris

68 (1-10) E980.2.320 Vendelinus Tieffenbruker 

69 (1-4) E980.2.0 Laux Bosch/Seb. Schelle

70 (1-8) E548 Vvendelio Venere Theorbo 

71 (1-23) E295 J.C. Hoffmann, 1720 (2x1, 6x2, 5x2) Theorboed 13 course

72 (1-18) E.633C218 Seb. Schelle, 1727

73 (1-11) 4802 317 Angelique or French theorbo


Musee Bardini, Florence

74 (1-10) #142 1608 Buechenberg

75 (1-8) #154 Tesler 1621 (in pieces)

76 (1-5) #155 Buechenberg, (in pieces)

77 (1-17) 491-144 1609 Magno Dieffopruchar 


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