Viola da gamba

Head of a pardessus de viole, Paris, c. 1740

Catalog 134 – Head and peg box of a Pardessus de Viole, French, ca. s1740


This finely crafted woman’s head once decorated a five-string pardessus de viole. Whole workshops existed in Paris, working totally apart from the violin making ateliers, producing only the heads and peg boxes for all Paris luthiers, which explains why the heads of the Parisian instruments all look alike. But no detriment, if they all look like this beautiful example!

We are now looking for the missing parts of this instrument


Compare with:
Claude Boivin (Paris, ca. 1740)
Pardessus by Guersan, Paris, ca. 1740