Ludovicus / Guersan / propè / Commoediam / Gallicam / Lutetiae / Anno / 1759 [printed except 59]
No. of Strings:
Royal College of Music
Sir George Donaldson, -1894
Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 142-43; TGM visit 10/01; PT visit 9/78
Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 142-43; Mullen 2006, p. 25; Coates 1985, pp. 52-54
On museum’s website (F+B); Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 142-43 (front, back 7/8, head F+B 3/4)
Striped back and ribs (maple and fruitwood); 2-piece table; front and back with double purfling. Pegbox has relief carving of foliage on back and sides, with V’s on front edges; 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Bridge placed below middle of C-holes. No linings between back and ribs (though cloth reinforcements for joints on both), and no crossbars except soundpost plate. Very good condition, probably playable (currently has nylon frets). Wells & Nobbs 2007: “There are clear traces of earlier frets for a longer string length and faint traces of bridge feet at a position c. 4.5 mm nearer to the tail”; dimensions: 32.7, 16.0/11.2/19.6, 4.9, 31.5.