DHV:
871
Tourin ID:
UCLA 1

Size:

Pardessus

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Paris

Maker:

Pierre François

Grosset

Date:

1744

P.F. Grosset rue de la verrerie / au dieu Appollon a Paris 1744 [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Oakton, VA

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

University of California at Los Angeles, no. 604007649-21 (formerly 3-19), 1961-2009; Erich Lachmann, Los Angeles, -1961

Measurements:

Body Length:

32

String Length:

30.1

Rib Depth:

5.5

Upper Width:

15.1

Middle Width:

10.7

Bottom Width:

18.4

Information Source:

TGM visit 7/92

Literature:

Photographs:

Recordings:

Auctions:

Comments:

Christie’s 10/13/09, lot 166; Lachmann 1950, p. 28

Christie’s 10/13/09, lot 166 (front; head 3/4 [color]); Lachmann 1950, p. 29 (front); [unpublished, from Christie’s 10/09: F+B (color)]

Chancey 2017 (Fêtes Galantes: Rebel); Chancey 2016 (Couperin)

Christie’s 2009/10/13, lot 166

Wide purfling on table; none on back. String length 30.1 in 1992, but 31.3 in 2013. Lachmann 1950 calls it a “treble viola da braccio” and gives tuning for dessus rather than pardessus de viole, despite noting the instrument’s “great resemblance to the pardessus by Guersan” pictured alongside it. “The varnish is original ... and the whole instrument is in fine, unaltered condition.” UCLA dimensions 32.0, 15.5/10.7/18.25, 5.5, 30.0. Tourin dimensions 59.1, 33.7, 14.9/--/18.4, 5.6, - (converted from Lachmann’s inches); Christie’s: “viola da braccio”; length of back 30.5; photo shows 8 frets, peg pip missing on string III, and an alternative set of notches in the nut for 5 strings.