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Pardessus de Viole

Maker:
Nicholas Chappuy (French, Mirecourt 1730–1781 Mirecourt)
Date:
ca. 1750
Geography:
Mirecourt, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Wood
Dimensions:
Overall: 19 x 10 x 56.8cm (7 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 22 3/8in.) 56.8 cm overall length, 32.6 cm body length (bottom), 15.7 / 10.7 / 19.0 cm width of bouts (bottom), 13.2 cm neck.
Classification:
Chordophone-Lute-bowed-fretted
Credit Line:
Purchase, Frederick M. Lehman Bequest, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.504
Not on view
A small treble-range viol called the pardessus was invented in France mid-century, likely to allow women to play music meant for newly popular violins and flutes.
Marking: brand stamp on belly and bottom: N. CHAPPUY
[ Gerald Trimble ] ; Andre Bissonet
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