GAVINIE’S, rue Saint / Thomas du Louvre, / A PARIS, 1749 [printed except 49; sic with apostrophe instead of accent]
Musée de la musique
No. of Strings:
TGM visit 8/11; museum’s website
On museum’s website (FB+S, head side); [by TGM: table inside and out, back inside and out (all body only), bottom ribs, neck and pegbox F+S, head back, label (color)]
When seen, top was off and neck not attached to body. Pegbox open in back (2 rectangular windows) with 11 sets of holes (6 pegs treble, 5 bass side, all same size), La Fille-style decoration, and outward points midway; integral with neck and open scroll (with carved flower at eyes), so all probably original: viola d’amore? Metal rod between pegbox walls, purpose unknown; currently divides lower 6 from upper 5 pegs, but previously located closer to nut, giving 4+7 (violon d’amour? or perhaps irrelevant). All strings apparently meant to pass through individual holes in an ivory bar just beyond the saddle and attach to hitchpins in an ivory plate fastened to bottom rib; no bridge, fingerboard, or tailpiece seen; no evidence of tailgut/button, though may once have had a hookbar. Interior linings mostly cloth; those between back and ribs seem to be twisted or braided, but between table and ribs are thin wood.