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Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Pardessus

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Bordeaux

Feyzeau

Date:

1750 C

Label Text:

Feyzeau [stamped at top of back]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

B

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

String Length:

Rib Depth:

Upper Width:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

Information Source:

Owner to TGM, 10-11/15

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from owner, 10-11/15: F+B body only; FB+S, head 3/4, brand stamp; front full next to ex-Dolmetsch Feyzeau (color); eBay.fr, 9/15: front (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Fingerboard and tailpiece with wide ivory strip at bridge ends, tailpiece with large, round “baseball” ornament also on Yale and ex-Dolmetsch pardessus by Feyzeau. Head missing, freshly cut off the presumably original pegbox; 5 pegs also present. Description on eBay.fr, (seen 10/11/15, with listing or sale date identified as “il y a 2 semaines” and place as “Bordeaux 33, France”): “Exceptionnel pardessus de viole par le luthier Feyzeau à Bordeaux au 18e siècle, marqué au fer Feyzeau, étiquette intérieure, dans l’état, à restaurer ou à garder tel. Une clé cassée, les 5 autres complètes, manche anciennement cassé et réparé, entièrement d’origine, très beau, vers 1750.” [Is label therefore undated?]