DHV:
590
Tourin ID:
METRO 01

Size:

Pardessus

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Mirecourt ?

Date:

17..

Label Text:

[present but illegible]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA

New York, NY

No. of Strings:

5

Collection:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

89.4.949

Head:

Female ?

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Mrs. J. Crosby Brown

Measurements:

Body Length:

32.3

String Length:

31.0

Rib Depth:

4.1

Upper Width:

16.0

Middle Width:

11.5

Bottom Width:

20.1

Information

Source:

TGM visits 8/92 + 3/05

Literature:

Winternitz 1971, p. 68; Brown 1902, p. 65

Photographs:

On museum’s website (FB+S, front 7/8, head 3/4, bass C-hole); Brown 1902, facing p. 64 (front); [by TGM: FB+S, head front (color)]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Not in Monical’s checklist; museum display label calls it a quinton, website “quinton in viol form”. Attribution to Fleury and date of 1781 taken from Brown catalogue; no writing visible on label, except a few letters (“...URY”) and numbers (“84”) under ultraviolet light. Museum’s catalogue card notes F. Hellwig thought it German; Monical thinks C’s suggest Mirecourt; definitely unlike all four known Fleury pardessus (TGM). König 1985, p. 113: similar to Copenhagen 371.D46, but that has 6 strings and very different C-holes. 2-piece table and back, both with single purfling. Back is arched, but corners not pointed; no overhanging edges; tail gut; neck angled back considerably. 3 nail heads visible in top block. Ebony veneer on fingerboard; tailpiece doesn’t match. 3 pegs treble, 2 bass side. Museum dimensions 32.2, 15.9/11.4/19.8, 4.1, 30.9