DHV:
1195
Tourin ID:

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Mirecourt

Maker:

Date:

18..

[None]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Reston, VA

Sound Holes:

F

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

Head:

Male

Previous Owner:

Bought from Parisian dealer Henri Berv, 1961

Measurements:

Body Length:

72.3

String Length:

67.8

Rib Depth:

9.3

Upper Width:

35.3

Middle Width:

24.6

Bottom Width:

39

Information Source:

TGM visit 9/97

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

[Unpublished, from owner: FB+S, head front (color)]

Black-and-white edge decoration on table, back, and sides of pegbox (whose back is carved). Painting of 8 cherub musicians on back, which has only slight fold. Fingerboard elaborately inlaid with honey-colored wood; tailpiece does not match. Tailgut, with no sign of hookbar. Neck set into table by 1.8 cm; just long enough for 7 frets; narrow (nut only 5.4 cm wide), with fairly round profile. Head screws off: man is bald with extremely long beard. Owner described it as Tyrolean, but W. Monical (to TGM 10/16) identifies it as from Mirecourt, late 19th C.; back and ribs of French field maple; fingerboard marquetry poorly done; carved head after 16th C portrait of Tieffenbrucker, as used on inexpensive violins from Mirecourt and Saxony; in general, a fanciful design with barely playable geometry.