DHV:
1248
Tourin ID:

17.. ?

Bass

# of Strings:

7

Place Made:

F, ?

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

F, Nice

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Musée du Palais Lascaris

Head:

Female

Catalog Number:

C.35 (Fonds Gautier 1751)

Label Text:

Maggini [printed]

Measurements:

String Length:

65.3

Total Length:

Body Length:

66.1

Upper Width:

29.7

Rib Depth:

12.8

Middle Width:

21.6

Bottom Width:

36.8

Previous Owner:

Antoine Gautier, Nice, before 1878-1904

Information Source:

TGM visit 5/00; Thevenon 1998, pp. 68-69

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Comments:

Adelson 2017, p. 31; Bran-Ricci 2006, p. 161; La Grandville 2000, pp. 3, 5; Thevenon 1998, pp. 68-69

On museum’s website (F [color]); Bran-Ricci 2006, pp. 159-60 (head front, bass C-bout); La Grandville 2000, p. 3 (detail of rosette and C-holes, 3/4 [color]); Thevenon 1998, pp. 68-69 (front, head 3/4 [color]); [by TGM: FB+S, head F+S (color)]

2-piece table (with wings in upper bouts) with double inked “purfling”, painted gold and black rosette, similar curlicues around soundholes, black-and-white triangle-pattern edging. 2-piece back, ribs, and pegbox all also have double inked “purfling”. Fingerboard veneered in 2 pieces of non-matching tortoise-shell; tailpiece ebony veneer with diamond-pattern white-and-gold edging. Neck possibly original; head grafted to pegbox. Back has cloth perimeter and joint linings; no crossbars except soundpost plate. “Maggini” label with right portion torn off; placed in center, facing treble soundhole. Repair label: “Luthfi Becker reparavit 1977”. Catalogue says also restored by D. Sinier and F. De Ridder, 1994, including doubling of table with cloth. Catalogue dimensions: 68.0, -/22.0/36.5, -, -. Bran-Ricci 2006: restored by Bovis (Nice, c. 1900); then c. 1970 to make it playable, but tension made it “explode”; finally put back together in 1994. Fake label and “décor...factice” suggest Italian origin, but “sans doute français ou anglais, d'une qualité remarquable.”