Musée des instruments de musique
No. of Strings:
Count Pietro Correr, Venice, -1886
Moens 1995, pp. 230-32; Exposition 1969, p. 64; PT visits 6/77 & 9/78 (?)
Moens 1995, pp. 230-32; Moens 1989, pp. 45-46; Exposition 1969, p. 64; Mahillon 1900, 3:51-52
On museum’s website (front [color]); Moens 1995, p. 231 (front); Hadaway 1978, p. 530 (F+S); Mahillon 1900, 3:52 (front)
Moens 1995: “Viola da spalla”? Narrow body with very large C-bouts. Moens 1995 and 1989 suggests that odd body outline may result from the table having been cut down from available space between soundholes of a much larger instrument. (Only comparable viol is “Zenatto” in Lisbon, LIS 13; perhaps this one by same maker in 19C?) 3-piece table with very diagonal F-holes; no purfling but edges are beveled. Moens 1995: head and pegbox integral, but head is later. Exposition 1969: back of cypress? Fingerboard deeply marked by frets; pegbox probably not original; Italy, 16th C.: viola da spalla? Mahillon 1900: head and tailpiece not original. Museum’s website: date 1801/1886.