Two bass viols, one with its case, anonymous, c. 1700
These two bass viols both have dubious labels bearing the name John Roos. This falsification was probably intended to suggest the renowned 16th-century English viol maker John Rose. More likely is that these are late 17th-century viols by a Dutch maker (perhaps someone from the school of the famous Pieter Rombouts of Amsterdam). Unusually, the seven-stringed instrument still has its original carrying case.