P.F. Grosset rue de la verrerie / Au Dieu appollon a Paris 1748 [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
M. Di Segni, an antique dealer in Nice, France
Museum to TGM, 3/08; Kjeldsberg 1976, p. 40
Kjeldsberg 1976, p. 40
[Unpublished, from museum: FB+S, detail of back and ribs, head 3/4, details of neck graft, part of label through C-hole]
Museum to TGM 3-4/08: Neck and fingerboard not original; clearly visible graft to pegbox. “Belly and ribs decorated [with] India ink,” i.e., floral designs on ribs, and inked purfling on belly. “The back ... with intarsia: a man and a woman and two cupids ... also flower ornaments” and a central stripe with small alternating black-and-white squares. 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side; tail gut. Letter 4/79 from Kjeldsberg to Tourin says probably originally a pardessus, later changed into a quinton. [Does this mean from 6 to 5 strings?] “This can be traced from the inlaid work on the bottom [i.e., back] and the painted decoration on the ribs which indicates that the instrument was made smaller.” [NB, ribs are much shallower than on his 3 other pardessus.] Alternatively, back may be from another, larger instrument.Museum has a separate neck which, according to Kjeldsberg, “undoubtedly must be from Grosset.” Museum to TGM 3-4/08: this neck, RMT 191, has its own pegbox and head, hence probably not the original for RMT 132; V. Bachke acquired it from the same source, simultaneously.