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Detail 

Size:

Bass

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Date:

16..

Label Text:

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

No. of Strings:

7

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Eagle

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Thurston Dart, Cambridge, at least 1959-death c. 1971; Elizabeth Goble in 1951.

Measurements:

Body Length:

66.4

String Length:

68.5

Rib Depth:

12.0

Upper Width:

31.9

Middle Width:

24.4

Bottom Width:

37.2

Information Source:

TGM visit 10/01; IAML-Galpin 1959, p. 273

Literature:

IAML-Galpin 1959, p. 273

Photographs:

[By TGM, 10/11: FB+S, head F+S, detail of inscription on back (color)]; [unpublished, in Heale Archive, on display in 1951: front 3/4]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

On back, in ink, just below fold: “Monsieur Richard / Sieur de Lalande / Maistre de [la?] / Chapelle du / Roy / a Versailles, 1695” (very hard to read). [Per GAL 11, inscription supposedly reads “Monsieur Rameau”; cf. Gétreau 1996, p. 241, for a French bass “portant la mention Guillaume maître de la chapelle du roy, 1692”.] Table has one thick black line of purfling; back has none. Back and ribs are poplar (per M. Fleming); table perhaps also. Fingerboard and tailpiece reddish-blond with black edge stripes about 1 cm.