F, Paris ?
No. of Strings:
J. Julier to TGM 7/02; owner to TGM, 12/01, 4/02, M. Heale, 10/01; Sotheby’s 11/12/86, lot 66
Montagu 1987, p. 249; Sotheby’s 11/12/86, lot 66
Sotheby’s 11/12/86, lot 66 (F+B)
Sotheby’s 1986/11/12, lot 66
Sotheby’s (photo): Pegbox with 6+6 not original; open back for sympathetic string pegs, which are smaller. Neck and string spacing look narrow. Body length 76.6, string length then 67.9. Montagu 1987: “in fairly rough state, especially the belly.” Michael Heale restored as 7-string (1988); says sympathetic strings were 19th-C. Belgian addition; thinks instrument not French, possibly Flemish, c. 1690. Owner: multi-stave front (middle stave replaced, with painted decoration to disguise repair), with single whalebone purfling; back in several unmatched parts, with painted purfling. Carved head retained from “d’amore” set-up; probably a cello before that. Ribs relatively shallow in relation to body size; linen linings with no corner blocks.