VIC 13, KENS 2
“[Gavi]niés / [Bor]deaux / f...”
Victoria & Albert Museum
No. of Strings:
Carl Engel (in 1876)
PT visit 6/77
Museum website (10/10); Baines 1968, p. 8; Engel 1876, p. 68; Engel 1874, p. 342; Engel 1882, p. 22 (no. 157)
1-piece table and back, both with painted purfling. Neck probably a replacement, with crude pegbox and scroll. Modern tortoiseshell tailpiece and fingerboard. Bridge stamped PANPI. With a bow (164A-1882). In 10/01, display label said “treble” and attributed it to Gavinies. No ears on scroll. Museum’s website (10/2010): “In August 1989 Tim Miller (V&A Furniture Conservation) found ... ‘a fragment of paper beneath a pine block glued by a 19th c. repairer to the back plate.’” Closely resembles 1744 Gavinies treble viol at Musée de la musique, Paris [= E.1435]. Gavinies moved to Paris in 1734 [which is thus a terminus ante quem].