Musée du Donjon
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On museum’s website (front [color])
Square shoulders; upper bouts form pronounced S-curves ending in downward-pointing corners; no outer corners below waist; one pair of inner corners (dimples) in lower bouts. Supposedly based on an instrument from the former Petit collection, now at the Musée de la Musique in Paris (perhaps E.790, a treble by Martino Heel, with less exaggerated upper bouts and soundholes?). 1-piece back, ribs, and neck of red walnut, all with painted Renaissance-style floral decoration; painted coat of arms (fake?) on table; black-and-white edging. Sculpted tailpiece, diagonal end of fingerboard. Sold at maker’s estate sale in 1922.