HENRY JAYE IN / SOUTHWARK /1621 [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
[private owner in Normandy, via a luthier in Caen]
TGM visit 9/09; Soubeyran 2005; Fleming 2001: VME 38; (M. Fleming, 5/99; C. Coin 4/00)
Fleming 2007, p. 31 (JP 22); Soubeyran 2005; Fleming 2001: VME 38
MacCracken 2011, p. 71 (F+B); Soubeyran 2005, pp. 236-41 (F+B after restoration; interior details before and during restoration); Fleming 2001: VME F38 (front body only), L32 (hookbar) [both color]; BVMA 2000, p. 12 (label [color]); Muthesius 2000, p. 23 (table only); [unpublished, from M. Fleming: F+S body only before restoration, table ornament, both C-holes, bottom rib, purfling corner (color)]
Large, consort bass. Restored by John Topham (who is source of string length), including new neck, head, and bass bar to replace those associated with earlier cello conversion, and repair of worm damage; fingerboard and tailpiece are also new, based on Kessler’s 1619 Jaye. Table ornament like Kessler’s. Soubeyran 2005 (i.e., Topham): label undoubtedly original; converted to a cello in 1836; found by Coin with badly damaged body and no neck. New wood to restore cut-down shoulders, and half-edging of front renewed; upper and lower crossbars reinstalled though probably not originally present, and small linings added to table (but not back); no corner blocks. Fleming 2001: 7-piece table, double purfling front and back; dimensions 76.6, 36.0/26.7/42.1, 13.9, -. Repair label “Réguvénée en Mai 1826” [or 1836, per Topham?].