Unfortunately I have not been able to take photos of this viol (viola da gamba) built by Arwit Rönnegren in 1733. The instrument can be found at the museum of fine arts in Boston and if you click the link you can see their photos of this magnificent instrument. Particularly the nose and some other details of the lions head is not perfect but I still think this is one of the best bowed instruments ever built in Sweden.
Arwit (also Arved, Arwitt) Rönnegren lived in Kattarp just outside Ängelholm but unfortunately he is rather unknown despite his impressive work. You can find Arfved Röngren and Rungren in church records and there is a note with the text "Arwit Rönnegren i Katarp i Lugede Herat anno 1737" in one of his violins. Spelling was rather flexible at this time and many people spelled their own name in different ways in different occasions. Arwit was born around 1680 and is about 10 years older than Johannes (Johan) Georg Mohte. The instrument built by these two luthiers are quite similar and they have probably had some kind of collaboration. According to Bengt Nilssons Svensk fiolbyggarkonst they were inprisoned in Russia togehter and Bengt believes that Rönnegren just like Mohte aquired his professional skills there. Rönnegrens wife Anna Gabrielsdotter was 22 years older than Arwit but both of them died in 1737 when Anna was 79 and Arwit 57. Despite this, Arwit managed to remarry after the death of Anna, and had a son with 31 year old Hanna Ingemansdotter. However Arwit died before Hanna gave birth to Arfved Arvedson 19th of May 1738.
|Type||Viola da Gamba|
|Found in||Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA|
|External link||External link|
|Other instruments built by Arwit Rönnegren||BulanJamtlifiolenKulturenfiolenArwitgamban M285|
|Other instruments with a lion head||TuppenKarlhamnsfiolenElvisBulanGöteborgsfiolenEdvinSödlingTielkegamban M2475JamtlifiolenKulturenfiolenArwitgamban M285DubbeltulpanenTrippeltulpanenKulturencellonKulturengambanNils Nilsson|