DHV:
213
Tourin ID:
CALD 13

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Paris

Maker:

Nicolas

Bertrand

Date:

1720 C

Carlo Bergonzzi fecit / Cremona 1727 [printed except 27] [sic with 2 z’s]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Oberlin, OH

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Caldwell, Catharina Meints

No. of Strings:

7

Catalog Number:

Head:

Open scroll

Previous Owner:

Dolmetsch family, 1942-1977; Rudolph Dolmetsch c. 1924-1942; Hélène Dolmetsch, c. 1891-1924

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.1

String Length:

70.2

Rib Depth:

13.3

Upper Width:

34.2

Middle Width:

25.2

Bottom Width:

41

Information Source:

TGM visit 7/92

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Caldwell 2012a, p. 65; Caldwell 2012, pp. 78-83; Mace 2010, esp. pp. 78, 116-19; Sotheby’s 11/17/1977, lot 240; Hipkins 1891, p. 746

Caldwell 2012a, p. 65 (F+B [color]); Caldwell 2012, pp. 78-83 (FB+S, head FB+S, treble C-hole, back at bass upper bout [color]); Rose 1992, p. 65 [F+B; credited to Sotheby’s]; Wells 1978, p. 276 (front); Pallis 1978, p. 43 (front, played by Rudolph Dolmetsch); Sotheby’s 11/17/77, lot 240 (F+B); [by TGM: FB+S]

Meints 1988 (Bach St. Matthew/Solti: London 421-177-2); Meints 1979 (Marais)

Sotheby’s 1977/11/17, lot 240

Caldwell 2012: table of 2 unmatched pieces with single purfling; no purfling on back. Decorated pegbox and scroll, including large flower on each eye; slot in heel of PB holds watchkey tuners for 7 sympathetic strings (with room for 5 more); bottom block has holes for 12 hitchpins. Fingerboard and tailpiece veneered in ebony with boxwood inserts, and center of TP is fluted. New wood at top of back, with loss of maker’s stamp presumably once there. Repair label: “Restauró e coresse nell’ anno 1838 in Genova / Antonio Gibertini di Parma / Premi[ato?] più volta in Milano / con medaglio etc.” [printed except 38, Genova]: head, neck, fingerboard and tailpiece likely by him, including 12 sympathetic strings (since removed). String length increased by extending fingerboard 2.5 cm over pegbox with removable adapter (by Tourin, for Caldwells). Sotheby’s 1977: English School, circa 1700; head, neck, fingerboard and tailpiece “are later additions by Arnold Dolmetsch”. Very similar to 1720 Bertrands in Paris (Tourin) and New York (Mace). Owned by Dolmetsch at least by 1891, when it was played to illustrate a lecture by A.J. Hipkins.