Simon Bongars, à Paris 1632
No. of Strings:
[Cellist in the south of France, c. 1977]
Owner to TGM, 12/02
[Unpublished, from J. Kraft 9/17: B+S body only, bottom rib, label (color); from owner, 9/10: front, front center bouts only, head front (color)]; from J. Dunford: front 3/4; from C. Meints 1/21: F+S, body only, pre-1986 (color)]
When acquired, had non-original neck, short and narrow, with 6-string pegbox; new 7-string neck by Judith Kraft, 1986. 2-piece table and back, both with single purfling; lower bout of back has wings. Carved head has blue eyes in glass paste. Lütgendorff 1922, Grillet 1901, and Pierre 1893 all reference a 6-string bass viol by Simon Bongars dated 1655. Similar in appearance to a double bass by “Simon Bongard” dated 1663 at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers: BL 105 cm per Greenberg 2003, photos at https://phototheque.arts-et-metiers.net/?idPageWeb=95.