DHV:
744
Tourin ID:
RCM 1

Size:

Pardessus

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Paris

Louis

Guersan

Date:

1759

Label Text:

Ludovicus / Guersan / propè / Commoediam / Gallicam / Lutetiae / Anno / 1759 [printed except 59]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

GB

London

No. of Strings:

5

Collection:

Royal College of Music

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

RCM0149

Head:

Female

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Sir George Donaldson, -1894

Measurements:

Body Length:

32.8

String Length:

31.5

Rib Depth:

4.8

Upper Width:

16.0

Middle Width:

11.4

Bottom Width:

19.5

Information

Source:

Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 142-43; TGM visit 10/01; PT visit 9/78

Literature:

Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 142-43; Mullen 2006, p. 25; Coates 1985, pp. 52-54

Photographs:

On museum’s website (F+B); Wells & Nobbs 2007, pp. 142-43 (front, back 7/8, head F+B 3/4)

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Striped back and ribs (maple and fruitwood); 2-piece table; front and back with double purfling. Pegbox has relief carving of foliage on back and sides, with V’s on front edges; 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Bridge placed below middle of C-holes. No linings between back and ribs (though cloth reinforcements for joints on both), and no crossbars except soundpost plate. Very good condition, probably playable (currently has nylon frets). Wells & Nobbs 2007: “There are clear traces of earlier frets for a longer string length and faint traces of bridge feet at a position c. 4.5 mm nearer to the tail”; dimensions: 32.7, 16.0/11.2/19.6, 4.9, 31.5.