DHV:
1195
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Mirecourt

Date:

18..

Label Text:

[None]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

Reston, VA

No. of Strings:

7

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

F

Catalog Number:

Head:

Male

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Bought from Parisian dealer Henri Berv, 1961

Measurements:

Body Length:

72.3

String Length:

67.8

Rib Depth:

9.3

Upper Width:

35.3

Middle Width:

24.6

Bottom Width:

39.0

Information

Source:

TGM visit 9/97

Literature:

Photographs:

www.vintage-instruments.com (1/20) (front, FB+S body only, head FB+S, fingerboard [color]); [unpublished, from owner c. 1997: FB+S, head front (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Black-and-white edge decoration on table, back, and sides of pegbox (whose back is carved). Painting of 8 cherub musicians on back, which has only a slight fold. Fingerboard elaborately inlaid with honey-colored wood; tailpiece does not match. Tailgut, with no sign of hookbar. Neck set into table by 1.8 cm; just long enough for 7 frets; narrow (nut only 5.4 cm wide), with fairly round profile. Head screws off: man is bald with extremely long beard. Owner described it as Tyrolean, but W. Monical (to TGM 10/16) identifies it as from Mirecourt, late 19th C.; back and ribs of French field maple; fingerboard marquetry poorly done; carved head after 16th C portrait of Tieffenbrucker, as used on inexpensive violins from Mirecourt and Saxony; in general, a fanciful design with barely playable geometry.