Michel Collichon / A Paris 1683 [handwritten]
Musée de la musique
No. of Strings:
Geneviève Thibault, Comtesse de Chambure, -1979
Museum’s website; Muthesius 1996, no. 1; Gétreau 1996, p. 740; Kessler 1990, p. 55
Mackey 2013; Mackey 2012; Muthesius 1996; Gétreau 1996, p. 740; Kessler 1990, p. 55
On museum’s website (on display with table removed [color]); Mackey 2013, pp. 440-45 (F+B body only, underside of table, head 3/4, label, 5 interior details [color]); Mackey 2012, pp. 87-96 (same except not color); Muthesius 1996, pp. 45-46 (head side, body with table removed, underside of table, top block)
Muthesius 1996, no. 1: body of mahogany; 5-piece table, 1-piece back. All original except bridge, soundpost, pegs, and tailpiece—largely due to old and irreparable damage to table. Integral neck and top block. Position of plate indicates soundpost and bridge positioned near bottom of C’s; no other interior barring. Sharply angled bass bar. On display 8/02: top off, neck unattached to pegbox and top block. C holes very wide. Museum’s dimensions 66.7, 30.8/22.8/38.1, -, - (widths taken on back); website gives label as “Michel Collichon rue de la Harpe,” disproven by Muthesius’s photo. Kennedy 2011: Shem Mackey reports body wood is Cedrela odorata (Spanish cedar), not mahogany. Mackey 2011: ditto (and probably likewise for 1687 and 1688 basses), plus neck is probably service wood (like 4 others).