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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Pardessus

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Paris

Jean

Ouvrard

Date:

1741

Label Text:

Ouvrard Luthier, Place de l’école à Paris, 1741

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

CH

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Fritz Baumgartner Jr., Basel, -196-.

Measurements:

Body Length:

33.0

String Length:

31.2

Rib Depth:

6.2

Upper Width:

15.8

Middle Width:

11

Bottom Width:

19.3

Information Source:

JVdGSA 6 (1969), 65; H. Mueller, Methodik des Viola-da-gamba-Spiels (typescript)

Literature:

JVdGSA 6 (1969)-A, 65

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from owner via J. Moran 6/13: FB+S, back body only, head FB+S (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Strung and played by owner as a treble, but smaller than any other French treble with known body length. (Owner to J. Moran, 9/10: admittedly extremely small, but does not sound good in any of the usual pardessus tunings, due to excessive pressure on the table, so musically preferable as a treble.) Double purfling on table and back; La Fille style decoration on pegbox; black pegs, fingerboard, and tailpiece.