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Treble viol / violin

back: flat, of 3 pieces of brown-stained maple and 2 of unstained yew; double purfling. Belly: 2 pieces of pine; soundholes: C-shaped, length 60 (lh), 61 (rh); ribs: 3 longitudinal strips of sycamore and yew; end-hook, tailpiece and fingerboard in ebony, nut in ivory. Neck: original, with signs of use and marks of 8 frets, while fingerboard is ?modern; pegbox: flat back, carved head with 5 pegs, 3 on lh, 2 on rh. Inside: only one cross-bar; strips of yellow vellum along the joints of the back. Bass-bar: small, ?original. Length 610, back 342, width 160/111/200, depth 53/46

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    Guersan, Louis [Person]
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    Royal Northern College of Music
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    Paris (Timezone: Europe/Paris)
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  • Decorative elements:pegbox: back, sides decorated with semicircle, wavy line of little rings; end as carved plump female head with earrings, dimpled chin, heavy eyes, miserable expression, wavy, curled hair, parted in middle
  • Inscriptions:label in ink, within cut-out decorative escutcheon, on the cross-bar: Ludovicus / GUERSAN / prope / Comoediam / Gallicam / Lutetiae / Anno / 1751
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  • Repository:Royal Northern College of Music