DHV:
1144
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Paris

Claude

Pierray

Date:

1709

Label Text:

Claude Pieray / a Paris, 1709

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

London

No. of Strings:

7

Collection:

Royal College of Music

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

RCM0990

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Jane Ryan, 1995- ; Peter Zimmermann, Berlin, 1967-95; Walter Schulz, Weimar/Leipzig/Berlin, before 1949-1967

Measurements:

Body Length:

63.9

String Length:

67.5

Rib Depth:

12.4

Upper Width:

30.8

Middle Width:

22.8

Bottom Width:

37.8

Information

Source:

TGM visit to Kessler, 10/01; H. Harders to TGM, 9/00; Sotheby’s 11/8/95, lot 116; letter from seller to Sotheby’s, forwarded to buyer

Literature:

Montagu 1996, p. 533; Sotheby’s 11/8/95, lot 116

Photographs:

On museum’s website (front 7/8 [color]); Soubeyran 2008, pp. 26 (head 3/4), 28 (F+B); Sotheby’s 11/8/95, lot 116 (F+B); [by TGM: FB+S (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Sotheby’s 1995/11/08, lot 116

Sotheby’s: 2-piece back, plain pegbox, double purfling on table but none on back; body length 64.5, string length 67.3. Harders: 2-piece carved table; original center of neck remains, now widened and reset; source of dimensions (widths taken on back). (Walter Schulz was solo cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic 1918-26, and later taught at Hochschule für Musik in Weimar, where Peter Zimmermann was his student 1949 ff.; Z. inherited the viol at S’s death, but never played.] Montagu 1996: “...a Pierray bass gamba at £24,150, a sum that must have surprised the worms if any were still lurking in the holes that were plainly visible.”