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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Pardessus

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Paris

Louis

Guersan

Date:

1747

Label Text:

Ludovicus Guersan prope Comoediam Gallicam, Lutetioe Anno 1747

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

No. of Strings:

5

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

32.8

String Length:

31.2

Rib Depth:

5.4

Upper Width:

16.8

Middle Width:

11.1

Bottom Width:

19.8

Information Source:

Owner to TGM, 2/05; Sotheby’s 3/14/91, lot 75

Literature:

Montagu 1991, p. 633; Sotheby’s 3/14/91, lot 75

Photographs:

Sotheby’s 3/14/91, lot 75 (F+B)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Sotheby’s 1991/03/14, lot 75

Striped back and ribs (maple and cedar); 2-piece table. La Fille type head; 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Fingerboard and tailpiece original, also one peg; bridge not. String length could be as much as 32.5. (Sotheby’s body length is 33.2, presumably taken on back) .