DHV:
138
Tourin ID:
BRUS 04

Size:

Pardessus

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Metz

Nicolas Louis

Gilbert

Date:

1701

Label Text:

Nicolas Louis Gilbert / Facteur d'Instrumens à Metz / 1701 [printed except 1701; perhaps actually 1761]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

B

Brussels

No. of Strings:

5

Collection:

Musée des instruments de musique

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

1396

Head:

Scroll

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

V. & J. Mahillon, Brussels

Measurements:

Body Length:

33.8

String Length:

31.3

Rib Depth:

3.9

Upper Width:

Middle Width:

Bottom Width:

19.5

Information

Source:

Museum data sheet 6/19; PT visits 6/77 & 9/78

Literature:

Museum data sheet 6/19; Vannes 1999, p. 127; Jacquot 1912, s.v. Gilbert; Mahillon 1900, 3:40; Vidal 1889, chap. 5, s.v. Gilbert

Photographs:

On museum’s website (F+S [color]); Baines 1966, pl. 118 (front); [unpublished: museum to TGM, 6/19: label]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Arched back, no overhanging edges; 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Mahillon (and museum’s website): quinton, 1701; but museum (A.Ceulemans) to TGM 6/19 says date more likely 1761. Vannes quotes label, says it’s “un pardessus de viole transformé en violon” (probably based on Jacquot: un pardessus de viole, transformé en violon, dos voûté, ouïes en C, existant chez Jandel à Liége en 1869 et portant l’étiquette imprimée suivante : «Nicolas-Louis-Gilbert, facteur d’instruments à Metz. 1701»). In that case, present set-up probably not original (1701 is too early for a 5-string pardessus, more likely originally had 6); Vidal says shown at Exposition internationale, Paris, 1878. Two white circles at end of fingerboard (each about 1/3 its width). Tourin: end button. Online Généalogie des luthiers facteurs de Lorrain by René Pierre records maker’s given names as Louis Nicolas.