DHV:
710
Tourin ID:
PARIS 20

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Paris

Maker:

Claude

Pierray

Date:

1712

CLAUDE PIERAY, / A PARIS, 1712 [printed]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F, Paris

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Musée de la musique

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

E.1006 (formerly C.173)

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Léon Tual, -1884; Louis Leloir, -1884

Measurements:

Body Length:

69.5

String Length:

61.5 ?

Rib Depth:

13.5

Upper Width:

34.2

Middle Width:

25.5

Bottom Width:

40.8

Information Source:

Museum’s website; Gétreau 1996, pp. 248, 674; Gétreau 1988, p. 80; PT visits 6/77 & 9/78

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Comments:

Topham 2003, pp. 135-36; Gétreau 1996, pp. 248, 674; Gétreau 1988, p. 80; Chouquet 1884, p. 38

On museum’s website (FB+S, head side; front 7/8, head 3/4 [color]); König 1985, p. 96 (front); Baines 1966, pl. 113-4 (F+S); [by PT: F+B, head (color): ?--not found]

Small gold fleurs-de-lys in 4 corners of table. Pegs and tailpiece not original. Repaired in 1884 by Gand & Bernardel frères: new fingerboard and tailpiece (ebony veneer with ivory inlay) (Gétreau 1996, p. 449). Tourin: Same [body] shape and C-hole placement as MFA bass; head carving cruder than MFA. Double purfling on front, none on back. No corner blocks or back braces except (wide) soundpost plate; linen lining at back fold, wood along center joint and edges of front and back. Top block appears original, with 2 nail holes. On table at neck (under fingerboard), 12 metal pins and small nut, as if for sympathetic strings. Neck graft shows at pegbox; butt of neck has been rounded. Topham 2003: irregular grain on 2-piece table; youngest growth ring is 1705 on bass side, 1704 on treble, both probably from same tree. Museum’s dimensions 69.5, 33.5/25.5/40.5, 13.6, - (probably taken on back).