DHV:
1498
Tourin ID:

Size:

Pardessus

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Paris

Maker:

François

Vaillan

Date:

1721 ?

François Vaillan / rue Debussy 1721 / a Paris [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Boston, MA

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Museum of Fine Arts

No. of Strings:

6? (now 10)

Catalog Number:

17.1723 (formerly 279)

Head:

Finial

Previous Owner:

F. W. Galpin, -1916

Measurements:

Body Length:

32

String Length:

32

Rib Depth:

6.5

Upper Width:

15.5

Middle Width:

11

Bottom Width:

18.75

Information Source:

Museum’s website; museum to TGM, 5/08; Bessaraboff 1941, p. 283

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Bessaraboff 1941, p. 283

On museum’s website (front [color]); Bessaraboff 1941, pl. XI (front)

Converted into a cither viol with 10 metal strings (top 4 courses double, iron; bottom 2 single, brass); given early date, originally probably 6. Tailgut (wire). Pegbox ends in a rectangle with two light-colored triangular inlays on left and right. (T. Bingham suggested pegbox possibly recycled from an English guitar; A. Dipper thinks it is early work from the Banks shop--thus 3Q18C?--made specifically for this instrument.) Restored by Donald Warnock in early 1960s, including new pegs, also tailpiece and hookbar replacing tailgut and button; further work by Lloyd Adams in 1964, including new bottom block and “top plate” (i.e., table; previous one kept separately). Museum accession record (presumably dating from 1917) describes it as “broken and much repaired,” contradicting Bessaraboff’s claim that “the instrument is in its original condition.” He transcribed maker’s surname as Vailleu; museum’s website now says Vaillan; Lütgendorff and Vannes give his address as Rue de la Juiverie and say he flourished 1736-83; Vannes calls this a viole d’amour and specifically says Bessaraboff must have misread its date.