Dieulafait / a Caen / 1... [handwritten; name also on exterior at back fold]
No. of Strings:
Musée de la musique
E.0505 (formerly C.172)
Dr Julien Fau, -1873
Museum’s website; PT visits 6/77 & 9/78
Raymaekers 2020, p. 245; Gétreau 1996, p. 659; Chouquet 1884, p. 38; Viollet-le-Duc, Dictionnaire raisoné du mobilier français (Paris, 1874), vol. 2, pl. 52 (detailed drawing).
On museum’s website (FB+S, head side; front 7/8, head 3/4 [color]); Gétreau 1996, p. 215 (front); [by PT: F+B, head back 3/4 (color)]
Wide single purfling on both table and back; latter is elaborately decorated with 2 vertical lines of relief carving and 7 diamond matrices between and beside them. Label information in 1977 letter from F. Abondance to P. Tourin; Gétreau 1996 (= same person) says “portant en relief sur le fond la marque Dieulafait”. Repaired in 1876 by Gand & Bernardel frères (ibid., p. 446); repaired in 1943 and extensively restored in 1948 by E. Français: “raccords de vernis” front and back, ribs unfastened and worm-damaged pieces replaced, cracks repaired everywhere, some with cleats; table arching redone, doubled, rebarred; new pegs, “refait pattes d’ff”, etc. (ibid., pp. 452, 455); repaired in 1963 by E. Vatelot (ibid., p. 463). Played in concert at the museum on 26 June 1943 by Edwige Bergeron: see Gétreau 1996, pp. 558-61. etc.) Tourin: bridge feet marks suggest string lengths of 71.5-74.5. Outline drawing of bridge “probably from” this viol in Raemaekers 2020, p. 245.