Barak / Norman / London / Fecit [stamped on table]
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Musée des Beaux-Arts
Museum’s website (seen via Musée de la musique, 2/11); La Grandville to Hebbert, 7/2002; La Grandville 2000, p. 4
La Grandville 2000, pp. 4-5
On museum’s website (seen via Musée de la musique, 2/11) (F+B [color]); La Grandville 2000, p. 4 (front 3/4, table ornament [color])
In poor condition when seen by La Grandville in 1989, converted to cello but fingerboard and bridge missing, open joints and cracks; absent without explanation from table of dimensions in his 2000 article. Nothing known by museum of former owner; no other viols in his collection of 78 instruments. Website: 3-piece back; decorated with tulips; old label inside reads “Sold by Humphrey Salter instrument Seller at the sign of the lute in St Paules Church Yard”; suggested date “vers 1680”, but Salter active 1683-1704. Table ornament Type IV.