Viola da gamba Bass
Johannes Jauck, Graz, 1735
Catalog 164. Viola da gamba, bass, by Johannes Jauck, Graz, 1735
The work of Johann Jauck bears the influence of both Jakob Stainer as well as the contemporary Viennese makers. Jauck worked in the workshop of Michael Albanus, Graz, taking over the shop after the latter’s death in 1730. Therefore it is not surprising that this instrument is uncannily similar to the viola da gamba by Michael Albanus in our collection.
The original head is fashioned after a moor, something of a fashion in Austria at this time.
At present this bass viola da gamba is on permanent loan to Luca Piccini, Bologna, Italy, who is the webmaster and a principal member of the Orpheon Foundation.