DHV:
940
Tourin ID:

Size:

Treble

Label Text:

Place Made:

F, Caen

Maker:

Pierre

Morant

Date:

1709

Fait a Caen par / Pierre Morant / 1709 [handwritten]

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, Arlington, VA

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Private collection

No. of Strings:

6

Catalog Number:

Head:

Female

Previous Owner:

Gerald Trimble, Kansas City, MO, 2014-16; Sidney (”Dick”) Fratkin, d. 2013 (= owner of Ward Music, Ltd., Vancouver, BC, credited in 1980); W.E. Hill & Sons (in 1958)

Measurements:

Body Length:

35

String Length:

36

Rib Depth:

6

Upper Width:

17.3

Middle Width:

12.2

Bottom Width:

20.1

Information Source:

Gardiner Houlgate 5/12/14, lot 140; Young 1980, p. 128

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Gardiner Houlgate 5/12/14, lot 140; Young 1980, p. 128

Gardiner Houlgate 5/12/14, lot 140 (F+B body only, head 3/4 [color]); Young 1980, p. 128 (F+S); Danks 1958, p. 111 (front) [unpublished, from J. Pringle 9/14: F+S, FB+S body only, head FB+S, rosette, table corner ornaments, label (color)]

Chancey 2017 (Fêtes Galantes: Marais)

Gardiner Houlgate 2014/05/12, lot 140

Young 1980: pardessus; maker not listed in any of the standard books. Rosette; slight fold in lower bout. Dimensions 63.6, -, 17.5/12.5/20.2, 7.5, -. Gardiner Houlgate 2014: “Fine early 18th century five string Pardessus de viole by and labelled Pierre Morant, Fait Caen, 1709 [sic], with highly figured birds eye and burr maple back and sides, the spruce table of a broad width grain, pierced with a rosette sound hole withiin geometric purfled and inked foliate design, the later neck and peg box carved with the head of St Cecilia, length of back 36.8 cm”; in 1980, owned by Dick Fratki, president of Ward Music, Ltd. in Vancouver. In 1958, 1980, and 2014 photos, set up as 5-string pardessus (2 pegs treble, 3 bass side); in 2014, restored by J. Pringle for G. Trimble as a 6-string treble, replacing neck (with FB+TP) by Hills and pegbox/head by La Fille. Pringle to TGM, 9/14: 3-piece table with single purfling, 2-piece back with 2 inked lines and second fold in lower bout (old but not original). New pegbox with carved back (after CALD 7) and female head (after Bertrand); original neck was integral with top block.