Michel Colichon / a Paris 1691 [handwritten]
No. of Strings:
Dietrich Kessler [& heirs], 1970s-c. 2010; Peter Voigt [violin maker], Linfield, Sussex, -1970s; Beatrix Clare, London, 1947-? (purchased via Leslie Sheppard, Burgess Hill, Sussex); [unnamed building contractor, c. 1932-47]; Mrs. Sullivan [actress], North Sussex, in 1926 (restored by Dolmetsch for her)
TGM visit 10/01; Kessler 1990, pp. 55-62
Iden & Topham 2009, pp. 17-18; Soubeyran 2008, p. 27; Soubeyran 1996, pp. 131-32; Muthesius 1996, no. 6; Daly 1996, pp. 124-29; Kessler 1990, pp. 55-62
Iden & Topham 2009, pp. 17-18 (underside of table, table ornament, label, bass C-hole, PB+head 3/4); Soubeyran 1996, pp. 131-32 (F+B, head 3/4, bass C-hole [color]); Muthesius 1996, pp. 42, 49-50 (head 3/4 detail, table ornament); Kessler 1990, pp. 60-61 (F+S, underside of table, top block)
Muthesius 1996, no. 6: 2-piece back of walnut; painted table ornament and perimeter decoration (2 gold lines enclosing a darker line); head and neck heel original; fingerboard and tailpiece new, also pegbox and neck based on no. 8; dimensions 70.8, 33.7/24.3/41.2, 12.9, -. Soubeyran 1996 says ribs are plum; viol actually restored by John Topham, for Kessler; made from an outside mould: see Daly 1996; dimensions 71.1, 34.3/24.3/40.9, 13.2, - (all 4 of his photos printed in reverse!). Kessler 1990: Back is walnut; ribs fruitwood, probably cherry; 5-piece table, “like...the other Colichon basses” (spruce). Neck and part of pegbox replaced 1920s by Dolmetsch; again by Kessler, late 1980s; bass bar original (long and angled). Wide range of bridge positions, including at bottom of C’s. Soubeyran 2008: “though restored to a high degree still has lots of original material on it.” Iden & Topham 2009: acquired “in pure, but poor condition,” with through neck, original bass bar (set at an angle), and parchment reinforcing strips. Upper & lower wings on each side made from same piece of wood; table thicknesses very uneven. New pags based on Colichon in Geneva. Drawing by Stephen Barber (1988) [was] available from Dietrich Kessler.