No. of Strings:
Musée de la musique
Geneviève Thibault, Comtesse de Chambure, -1979; Charles Petit; Maurice Le Roux
TGM visit 9/09; museum’s website; Gétreau 1996, p. 737
Gétreau 1996, p. 737
On museum’s website (FB+S, head side); Khazine 2004, p. 9 (head side)
Website: head not original (“sur modèle du XVIIIe”); neck, fingerboard, and tailpiece are 19th-C. Dimensions above taken from Anne Houssay’s worksheet at museum; marks for 4 possible bridge positions suggest string lengths from 69 to as much as 77, the latter completely below C-holes. Back of walnut, now divided into 5 pieces by thin black strips added later, with the outer two cutting through the double purfling. Ribs also walnut; table also with double purfling. Neck original but narrowed for use as a cello; pegbox has carved back and sides. Top block has 5 nails in pattern of a cross; back has no crossbars, not even for the soundpost; hookbar has 2 long ivory pegs protruding.