DHV:
593
Tourin ID:
METRO 04

1743

Treble

Jean III

Vuillaume

# of Strings:

6

Place Made:

F, Mirecourt

Body Shape:

Viol

Current Location:

USA, New York, NY

Sound Holes:

C

Collection:

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Head:

Scroll

Catalog Number:

89.4.1344

Label Text:

Jean Villiaume / de Mirecourt 1743 [handwritten]

Measurements:

String Length:

33.8

Total Length:

64.5

Body Length:

35.8

Upper Width:

17.4

Rib Depth:

7.1

Middle Width:

13.4

Bottom Width:

21.9

Previous Owner:

Mrs. J. Crosby Brown; L’hôpital général de Québec [mid-19th-C.]

Information Source:

PT visit 12/78

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Comments:

Museum’s website; Monical 1989a, p. 13; Monical 1979, p. 5; Brown 1902, p. 66

On museum’s website (F+B [color], head side); Monical 1989a, p. 13 (F+S); Monical 1979, p. 4 (F+S)

C-holes placed high; original neck, fingerboard and tailpiece. 2-piece table with painted purfling, 1-piece back with no purfling. 2 pegs treble, 3 bass side. Among the viols discovered c. 1860 in a convent (l’hôpital général) in Quebec: cf. www.the canadianencyclopedia.com, s.v. Collections d’instruments, which says they were probably hidden there during the siege of Quebec in 1759; ibid. s.v. Québec says the find included “une dizaine de violes ... fabriquées à Paris chez Nicolas Bertrand.” Museum documentation, from 1902 to present, uses spelling Villiaume, not found in Vannes et al., who use Vuillaume for whole large family; Jean III active 1738-52.