Manufacture d’instruments de musique / [Rue des Eperonniers / Bruxelles] / Charles Hautstont / Luthier [printed; text in square brackets from Drescher’s notes]
No. of Strings:
Sammlung Hug, Zurich
TGM visit 7/05; notes from museum of visit by T. Drescher, 8/96
On museum’s website (front); [by TGM: FB+S, head front, tailpiece fastening, pegbox joint (color)]
2-piece table with 2 scratched lines instead of purfling, 1-piece back with 4 wings, lightly arched without fold or purfling; overhanging edges; many cracks in ribs, and 2 lowest sections don’t match the rest. Narrow neck with rounded profile and no frets, quasi-cellamba; clear graft to pegbox. Wide soundpost plate plus very small crossbars at outer/upper and inner/lower corners, but not full width. (Outside width at latter is 28.3; maximum of bottom lobe is 32.7.) Large bass bar and corner blocks, wooden linings. Label placed horizontally above upper corners. Hitchpins for sympathetic strings beneath saddle; tuning pegs in pegbox. Museum’s data sheet says restored by Adolf König, 1988. Drescher’s dimensions 71.0, 28.1/-/41.9, 10.0, 64.5; probably late 19th C., made without understanding of historical viol-building techniques and perhaps using older wood.