Musée de la musique
No. of Strings:
Geneviève Thibault, Comtesse de Chambure, -1979; W.E. Hill & Sons, London, -1930
TGM visit 8/11; museum’s website; M. Fleming visit 3/00; Gétreau 1996, p. 73
Gétreau 1996, p. 735
On museum’s website (FB+S, head); Khazine 2004, p. 7 (front); Fleming 2001, L31 (table ornament)
Probably same instrument referred to by Gétreau 1996 on p. 162 as “de H. Jaye?” and on p. 362 as “un dessus qui serait attribué à Henry Jaye”—though not so identified on p. 735. M. Fleming (conversation, 10/01) says definitely not by Jaye. Neck (notched into table) and head not original; 2-piece back looks newer than rest of body, with poorly-done purfling knots and thick varnish; 1-piece table has ornament that looks like late 17th-C. English work, similar to a bass by Pitts (1675) and two by or attributed to Miller. TGM 8/11: double purfling on front and back; clear graft between pegbox and neck, whose profile is more rounded than flat, and was perhaps intended for only 5 strings (current fingerboard overhangs neck edges, and even so string spacing is narrow); bridge is modern, viola-style. Rib depth 4.9 at bottom block but 5.9 at center bouts, with no lower back fold; dimensions 39.8, 19.0/13.2/23.4, 5.9, 40 ± (not set up when seen). Per Anne Houssay, tailpiece made from a violin fingerboard, and hookbar from a piano-keyboard sharp!