DHV:
601
Tourin ID:
MFA 1; LOAN 19

Size:

Pardessus

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Paris

Maker:

Benoist

Fleury

Date:

1752

Benoit Fleury rue des Boucheries / Faubourg St. Germain a Paris, 1752 [printed except 52]; FLEURY [stamped on button]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Boston, MA

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Museum of Fine Arts

No. of Strings:

5

Catalog Number:

1917.1712 (formerly 271)

Head:

Cherub

Previous Owner:

F.W. Galpin, -1916

Measurements:

Body Length:

32.6

String Length:

31.2

Rib Depth:

5.3

Upper Width:

15.7

Middle Width:

11.3

Bottom Width:

19.8

Information Source:

Museum data sheet

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Lambert 1983, p. 18; Galpin 1972, p. 17; Bessaraboff 1941, pp. 275-76; Loan 1904, p. 149; Loan 1900, p. 28

On museum’s website (front [color]); Bessaraboff 1941, pl. XI (front); Galpin 1937, pl. VI.6 (front); [unpublished, from museum: back 3/4, side 7/8, head F+B, bottom rib; from D. Kuronen 5/15: back (color)]; [by TGM: front (color)]

Striped ribs: 2 maple, 1 walnut (Bessaraboff); 1 = pear (Zuchowicz). Back not striped, but divided into 4 sections by 3 vertical lines of purfling (side lines not completely parallel to center). Inlaid ebony heart on table below end of fingerboard; single purfling front and back. 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Bessaraboff: pegbox and top block both integral with neck (but Dominik Zuchowicz, in notes in museum file, says neck nailed to block). Restored 1961 by Donald Warnock, including complete revarnishing, also pegs, bridge, tailpiece; also restored 1965 by Lloyd Adams (who removed top for crack repair, etc.). Listed in Loan 1904 and Galpin 1937 (also by Lütgendorff) with date 1764 (in 1904 as treble, in 1937 as “quinton viol”).