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Viola da Gamba Society of America

Online Database of Historical Viols
Detail 

Size:

Treble

Place Made:

Maker:

F

Paris

Nicolas

Bertrand

Date:

1685

Label Text:

Nicolas Bertrand / A Paris 1685 [handwritten]; also stamped BERTRAND at top of back

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F

No. of Strings:

6

Collection:

Private Collection

Sound Holes:

C

Catalog Number:

Head:

Scroll

Private Owner:

Yes

Previous Owner:

Measurements:

Body Length:

36.6

String Length:

36.2

Rib Depth:

7.5

Upper Width:

16.6

Middle Width:

12.1

Bottom Width:

20.6

Information Source:

Owner to TGM, 10/13; www.sinier-de-ridder.com

Literature:

Photographs:

[Unpublished, from owner: front, FB+S body only, name stamp at neck heel, head FB+S (color)]; at www.sinier-de-ridder.com (F+B, label [color])

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Striped back (3 light, 2 dark), completely plain pegbox and scroll (with no ears). Restored by Sinier de Ridder c. 2005 (not much needed besides regluing the bass bar; instrument had never before been opened; they took no measurements). All parts original except bridge. Table is spruce, back is ash and walnut, neck and head are maple, fingerboard and tailpiece are beech veneered with ebony, pegs are boxwood. Single purfling on front, none on back. Body length (and probably also widths) measured on back.