Francis Baker in / Pauls Church yard / 1696 London [handwritten]; I.B. Simon [engraved on back]
No. of Strings:
Musée des instruments de musique
Auguste Tolbecque, Paris
PT visits 6/77 & 9/78
Vannes 1999, p. 17; Awouters 1972, p. 86; Lütgendorff 1922, 2:27; van der Straeten 1914, p. 534; Vidal 1878, 3:197
On museum’s website (front, back 3/4 [color]; F+B, bridge); Awouters 1972, p. 87 (front); [unpublished, in Heale Archive, from museum: F+B]
Museum’s website: viola bastarda; 1-piece table, 3-piece back. 12 sympathetic strings, added later. Ivory inlay on body and head. Small central table ornament and fleurs-de-lys at corners; back elaborately decorated with two vertical stripes, 5 diamond patterns, fleurs-de-lys at corners, etc.; and name “FB SIMON” within central lozenge. Carvings on back of pegbox. Vidal 1878 notes its ownership by Tolbecque, says it has 6 strings and “des sons ravissants,” having heard T. play on it. Lütgendorff and Vannes say label is printed; latter cites Mahillon’s catalogue and says strings are 6+12.