Viola da Gamba Society of America
Online Database of Historical Viols
1560 C ?
Gaspar Duiffobrugcar / A la coste Sainct Sebastien
No. of Strings:
Jean-Baptiste Bonaventure Roquefort, Paris (d. 1833)
PT visit, 1977/78?
Sandys & Forster 1864, 198
Mackey 2019, p. 488 (back body only, head side [color]); [unpublished, from J-M Renard: F, F+B body only, head 3/4 (color)]; [by PT: F+B (color); by TGM: back, in shop window (color)]
Elaborate picture covers entire back (bearded man seated under canopy: Moses, after Michelangelo’s sculpture); inlaid fingerboard (lacking upper portion); 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. According to Sandys & Forster, “a salamander, the device of Francis I, was carved on the neck”; their source was Choron’s Dictionnaire historique des muisiciens, artistes, at amateurs, morts ou vivants (2/1817). Per J.M. Renard (at AMIS 2007), appraised and repaired by Vuillaume, so perhaps also made by him. Back is old but has been reshaped, with both deletions from and additions to the picture; ribs from a cello; pegbox has been widened.