Musée du Palais Lascaris
No. of Strings:
C.34 (Fonds Gautier 1752)
Antoine Gautier, Nice, after 1878-1904
TGM visit 5/00; Thevenon 1998, pp. 79-80
Adelson 2017, p. 31; Bran-Ricci 2006, pp. 159-60; La Grandville 2000, pp. 3, 5; Thevenon 1998, pp. 79-80
On museum’s website (F color)]; Bran-Ricci 2006, p. 159 (head side); Thevenon 1998, pp. 79-80 (back, detail of button); [by TGM: FB+S, head side]
Narrow body: 2-piece table with thin single purfling and slight arching; 1-piece back, arched with fold, slab-cut, with purfling diamond-pattern decorations top and bottom. Neck very narrow, cello-style, inset into table. Not set up when seen: bridge and tailpiece missing. Pegbox and scroll are slightly different replacements for badly worm-eaten originals (still kept with instrument). Repair labels: “P.P. Ristauro / 1817”; “Réparé Nice 1894 / F. Bovis” (both in ink on back); catalogue says also restored by Atelier Véro-Dodat, Paris, 1994. Catalogue dimensions (taken on the back): 69.0, 25.5/19.5/30.5, -, 69.0. Bran-Ricci 2006: top block new, as well as neck and fingerboard; all probably by Bovis (1894), plus revarnishing.