# of Strings:
F, Paris ?
Claude Boivin / Rue Tiquetonne a la Guittarre Royale / a Paris 1727 [printed except 27]
[a Swiss cellist who had lived in Vienna for many years, 1950s - c. 1990]
Owner to TGM, 7/09 + 9/10
[Unpublished, from owner: front, B+S body only, head FB+S, label (color)]
Only the body is original; neck probably made in 1950s for previous owner (clear graft to pegbox, whose back is decorated but sides plain). 5-piece striped back (dark-light-dark-light-dark), with purfling outlining each dark stripe. Fingerboard and tailpiece honey-colored with darker frame; top of hookbar is rectangular; hole bored for an endpin; bridge by P. Reichlin. Interior fittings rather robust and new looking. Owner notes that “some people I’ve talked to thought maybe the whole instrument was made around 1900. I would doubt that but ... have done no research.... I did have the wood of the table examined in Hamburg and it is older than 1727.” (However, Boivin didn’t use this address and sign until 1740, when he bought Chiquelier’s shop.)