Minis Magnified Issue no. 52 18th Century Violin Maker’s Shop

18th Century Violin Makers ShopW. Foster Tracy, known as Tracy to his friends, was a well-known American miniaturist who specialized in making miniature instruments, primarily string instruments. This piece is titled 18th Century Violin Maker’s Shop, and it is registered as number 2 of 6 identical works which he constructed in 1979. The subject of this piece is a literal, one-inch scale reproduction of what a violin maker’s studio might look like in the 18th century, and it is made all the more compelling because the scene itself is encased within an actual full-scale violin. To achieve this, the majority of the front face of the violin has been removed, leaving the hollow interior as the space in which to re-create the studio. Due to the narrow depth of the full-scale violin, what is shown here is merely a slice of the workshop, only representing one wall of what would be a larger space, extending past the boundaries of the violin vessel. The piece is resting on a four inch piece of grey marble, into which Tracy carved his name, the title of the piece, and the abbreviation for South Montrose, Pennsylvania, where he lived and worked. Click here to continue reading a pdf of this article >>

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