Mathias Hum[m]el / Lauten- und Geigen= / macher / in Nurnberg / ANNO 1688 [printed except 88]
Musée de la musique
No. of Strings:
Geneviève Thibault, Comtesse de Chambure, -1979
TGM visit 8/11; K. Martius visit 10/10; museum’s website; Gétreau 1996, p. 737
Gétreau 1996, p. 737
On museum’s website (FB+S, head side); Martius 2016, pp. 144 (front, body only, unstrung), 150 (head, side); Khazine 2004, p. 9 (head side); [by TGM: label (color)]
1-piece back with 4 wings, not maple (perhaps fruitwood or nutwood); table probably 2-piece; both with single purfling. Varnish very dark, worn and/or cracqueled. Neck and scroll not original; pegbox has fluted back, gouged decoration on front edges, otherwise plain; rosewood pegs have huge heads. Back crossbars at fold and below soundpost plate, both with “arms” extending up the ribs. Played in a concert of the Société de Musique d’Autrefois, 6 March 1968 (Gétreau 1996, p. 164). Restored by the shop of Vatelot (ibid.). Mme de Chambure called it “la petite noirâtre” (Bran-Ricci 1986, p. 228). Martius dimensions 65.0, 28.6/21.3/36.0, 12.3, 67.5; table purfling is very close to edge; upper block has hole with dowel (modern, inserted from outside); no corner blocks but small wooden liners both front and back; lower part of back covered with thin new wood stained brown, and crossbars are probably new; neck is fruitwood and grafted; all fittings also new. Martius 2016: scroll and pegbox are original.