...Bertrand / in Paris 1712 (?) [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
Université de Montréal, Faculté de Musique
Jacques Simard, -1982; [an antique dealer]; L’hôpital général de Québec [mid-19th-C.]
Margaret Little to TGM, 11/95
[Unpublished, from F. Beaulieu 7/12: F+B body only, head FB+S, repair inscriptions, many details (color)]
Little 1995 (Sainte-Colombe & Marais)
Restored by Philip Davis, Toronto, c. 1985, including a new table; his proposal (1982) says “par Nicolas Bertrand...ou de son atelier.” Neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece had been narrowed for use as a (3/4-size) cello; neck also had worm damage and multiple bad repairs. Two-piece table had cracked into 5; back was in 7 pieces, ribs also unattached. Body outline altered with extra wood at all four corners. Head and bass bar original. Earlier repair label by Roch Lyonnais. Supposedly among the viols discovered c. 1860 in a convent (l’hôpital général) in Quebec: cf. www.the canadianencyclopedia.com, s.v. Collections d’instruments, which says they were probably hidden there during the siege of Quebec in 1759; ibid. s.v. Québec says the find included “une dizaine de violes ... fabriquées à Paris chez Nicolas Bertrand.” New neck by Francis Beaulieu, Montreal, 2011; he says it’s a composite, though all parts by Bertrand.