DHV:
1249
Tourin ID:

Size:

Tenor

Label Text:

Place Made:

Maker:

Date:

Joannes Marcus [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Guitar

Current Location:

F

Nice

No. of Strings:

5 (+5)

Collection:

Musée du Palais Lascaris

Sound Holes:

F

Catalog Number:

C.37 (Fonds Gautier 1755)

Head:

Heart

Private Owner:

Previous Owner:

Antoine Gautier, Nice, after 1878-1904

Measurements:

Body Length:

60.0

String Length:

49.8

Rib Depth:

6.1

Upper Width:

22.3

Middle Width:

18.2

Bottom Width:

29.0

Information Source:

TGM visit 5/00; Thevenon 1998, p. 82

Literature:

Adelson 2017, p. 31; Bran-Ricci 2006, pp. 162-63; La Grandville 2000, pp. 3, 5; Thevenon 1998, p. 82

Photographs:

On museum’s website (F [color]); Bran-Ricci 2006, p. 163 (back and treble shoulder); La Grandville 2000, p. 3 (front [color]); Thevenon 1998, p. 82 (front, head back [color]); [by TGM: FB+S, head front, rosette]

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

2-piece (?) table with very slight arching, small parchment rosette with 6-pointed star. Arched back, no fold, with mostly indistinct and irregular flame; shallow ribs of similar wood. Neck currently unfretted and too short for a 7th fret; apparently integral with pegbox, which has open back and 10 holes (top 5 were plugged and redrilled farther up, according to catalogue during 1997 restoration by Atelier Véro-Dodat, Paris); one peg missing, and only 5 currently used, in admittedly “hypothetical” set-up for 1998 exhibition (including unfinished violin-style bridge). (Gautier had it strung with sympathetic strings and called it a baryton.) Fingerboard and tailpiece new, of solid blond wood; hookbar is internal. Thevenon 1998 dimensions (taken on the back): 61.0, -/18.0/29.0, 6.3, -; probably “un ‘arrangement’, porvu d’une etiquette prestigieuse.” Bran-Ricci 2006: a composite, some parts well-made but others not; tailpiece has pencil inscription “Marengo” = piedmontese luthier Rinaldi Romano Marengo, c. 1890. Cf. MILB 1, also cornerless and with “Joannes Marcus” label. Museum’s website: “ténor de viole”.