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Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Bordeaux

Pierre

Malahar

Date:

1698

Label Text:

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F

No. of Strings:

7

Collection:

Conservatoire Darius Milhaud

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Léon Savoye, -1924

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.0

String Length:

71

Rib Depth:

12.8

Upper Width:

33.1

Middle Width:

23.8

Bottom Width:

40.0

Information Source:

J. Kraft drawing seen 9/02

Literature:

Vannes 1999, p. 223

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from J. Kraft 10-11/18 + 1/20: F+S, front body, back 3/4 body, head FB+S and 3/4, treble soundhole, upper treble side rib, tailpiece and FB decoration (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

3-piece table with inked purfling and white paint around C-holes; ribs have inked rectangular frames (2 sets each section), and back has 4 concentric but widely spaced outlines of “purfling,” all “engraved and not inlaid” per J. Kraft. Original fingerboard and tailpiece are highly decorated using gold paint and jewels (some now missing), also used on front edge of pegbox and as pips on pegs; neck is painted black and female head in multiple colors. Dimensions from drawing, so not over arching. Per J. Kraft, probably 17th C, made in Bordeaux.