Michel Colichon / A Paris 1686 [handwritten; date underlined]
No. of Strings:
Gerald Trimble, Kansas City MO, 2010; Claude Lebet, Rome, -2010
J. Pringle to TGM, 6/10; Bloomsbury 5/7/08, lot 116; T. Muthesius to TGM, 1/03 [not in Muthesius 1996]
Mackey 2020; Mace 2012, pp. 60-68; Bloomsbury 5/7/08, lot 116
Mackey 2020, p.56 (table ornament [color]); MacCracken 2017, p. 61 (front body only, label); Mace 2012, pp. 61-65 (front body only, top off, underside of table, bottom block, label, table ornament [Pringle photos]); Bloomsbury 5/7/08, lot 116 (front, head F+S [color]); [unpublished, from J. Pringle 6/10: FB+S, label, table ornament, top off, underside of table, old and new pegboxes and heads, various details, etc. (color)]
Muthesius 1/03: “4 (6) piece bent front with middle joint”; tailgut now, and may never have had a hookbar; “typical old French pardessus neck with head and fingerboard from first half of 18th century”. Pringle: table’s wings in lower bouts are old. Bloomsbury 5/7/08: “Flat back [and ribs] made of ash tree wood. Table made of spruce wood with a central decoration, purflings painted. Head is made by Lafille in the 18th century. Original label....” 3 pegs treble, 2 bass side. Dimensions 34, 15.5/11/19.3, -, -; did not sell. Had 5 strings when purchased by Trimble (directly from Lebet), with string length 32.0, but unlikely to be original setup this early; renecked as a treble (SL 35.5) by J. Pringle, 2010, using French head and pegbox he had removed from the Hoskin 1609 treble in early 1980s; he retains previous head and 5-string PB from Collichon. Mace 2012: “Proto-pardessus”: single painted purfling on front, none on back; back cut on slab, ribs on quarter; parchment on back joints, linen on table joints; bottom block and mitered rib corners are original; always had tailgut; ribs shallow but never cut down; estimated original string length about 33.5 cm.