A Tolbecque 1898 [pencil on wood]
No. of Strings:
Musée Bernard d'Agesci
On museum’s website (FB+S [color]); Coin 2020, p. 32 (head 3/4 [color])
Based on instrument in painting of St. Cecilia by Dominichino (in the Louvre): square shoulders, upper bouts have one pair of inner corners (dimples), no outer corners above waist, corners below waist are squared off; F-holes have “fish-tails” instead of lower eyes. Coat of arms on table; arabesques painted on table and ribs (and inlaid on fingerboard and tailpiece), but back is plain; single purfling. Head of bearded man, possibly a self-portrait of the maker at a younger age.