Nicolas Bertran[d] / a Paris 1706 [handwritten]
Musée de la musique
No. of Strings:
Geneviève Thibault, Comtesse de Chambure, -1979; anc. coll. Deschamps [luthier, rue de Rome]; Georges Le Cerf -1929
TGM visit 9/09; museum’s website; Gétreau 1996, p. 735
Gétreau 1996, p. 735
On museum’s website (FB+S, head); Khazine 2004, p. 7 (head side); [by TGM: label (color)]
Neck not original, but very smoothly joined to body; pegbox (with relief carving on back and sides) and head with moustache also probably not original. Back is missing a large piece from lower bass bout, and has bad worm damage; varnish very dark and thick but flaking off, though only below fold. Upper treble corner joint is badly broken open, including wood loss on table, and treble middle bout rib has separated from back. Enormous soundpost plate, really a patch extending to middle of lower bout, plus another such above; top block has odd protruding buttress in front; bottom block has plugged hole for tailgut button and/or endpin. Calligraphy on label doesn’t quite match that on P. Ros’s 1706 Bertrand: here the lettering of the name leans slightly to the right.