DHV:
730
Tourin ID:
PARIS 41; LOAN 23

Size:

Bass

Label Text:

Place Made:

GB, London

Maker:

John

Pitts

Date:

1679

John Pitts in / Pauls Churtch / Yarde 1679 [handwritten; 5th word sic]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F, Paris

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Musée de la musique

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

E.979.2.68

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Geneviève Thibault, Comtesse de Chambure, 1929-79; Mr. Warren, 1911- ; W.E. Hill & Sons, London, before 1904 to 1910

Measurements:

Body Length:

66.7

String Length:

68.4

Rib Depth:

11.3

Upper Width:

31.2

Middle Width:

23.3

Bottom Width:

37.8

Information Source:

TGM visit 8/11; Bran-Ricci 1980, pp. 49-50; Museum to PT 9/79; restoration report by P. Jacquier, 1975

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Comments:

MacCracken 2016, pp. 198-99; Gétreau 1996, p. 728; Vannes 1999, p. 281; Lütgendorff 1922, p. 387; van der Straeten 1910b, p. 360; Loan 1904, p. 152

On museum’s website (F+S, head side; front 7/8, back, head 3/4 [color]); MacCracken 2016, p. 199 (FB+S); Khazine 2004, p. 7 (front 3/4); Peters 1998, p. 366 (front 7/8, head side [color]); Bran-Ricci 1980, p. 50 (front); [by TGM: head B+S, tailpiece, table joints at bottom block, ornament details (table, 4 back, 2 sides of neck heel), label (color)]

Bran-Ricci 1980: restored 1974-5 by Pierre Jaquier; neck & varnish modern; 7th string had been added in 18th C; other reworkings in 19th C; measurements 67.0, 31.0/22.3/38.0, 12.2, 69.0 (also on museum’s website). On display 8/02: elaborately inlaid fingerboard and tailpiece, simple table ornament; double purfling on front, single on back [website states the opposite]; central crenellated rectangle in center of back very similar to Lewis bass in same case). 3-piece table, 2-piece back. Jacquier 1975: much previous restoration at various times (some perhaps by Jacques Pierre Thibout in 1H19C, whose surname is written beneath the nut); neck as found was at least its 3rd. Comprehensive restoration, involving complete disassembly; all interior fittings new; fingerboard and tailpiece marquetry transferred to new foundations, and missing end portions replaced; dimensions 66.6, 31.4/23.0/38.0, 11.4, -. TGM: marquetry design matches MFA 8 (Meares I, 1677), LOAN 24 (Norman 1698), and METRO 11 (Lewis/Meares II, c. 1720). Gétreau 1996, p. 162: played in a concert of the Société de Musique d’Autrefois, April 1930.