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Treble viol

'Belly of a single piece of pine, and back of a single piece of sycamore, both with simulated purfling [bordering] in black paint. The neck is probably a replacement, with crude pegbox and scroll both stippled and gouged in simple decoration. Modern tortoiseshell tailpiece attached to a hook-bar. Tortoiseshell fingerboard with ebony edges. Six ebony pegs and six strings. The bridge is stamped PANPI.' Anthony Baines, Catalogue of Musical Instruments in the Victoria and Albert Museum - Part II: Non-keyboard instruments (London, 1998), p. 8.

  • Date:
    about 1730 (Made)
  • Maker:
    Gaviniés, François
  • Collection:
    Victoria and Albert Museum
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  • Materials:Planed sycamore back and sides; planed and drilled pine belly, tortoiseshell fingerboard with ebony edging; turned ebony pegs.
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  • Inscriptions:'[Gavini]niés/ [Bor]deaux/ f .. PANPI
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  • Repository:Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 61 cm total, Length: 33.5 cm length of body, Length: 32 cm string length, Depth: 7.5 cm, Width: 16 cm upper bout, Width: 20 cm lower bout