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Cither viol (converted from pardessus de viole)

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Deep model. Standard viol pattern. Flat back of maple. Belly of soft pine, slightly arched two C-holes. Ribs of maple. Neck of maple with a long peg-box ending in cittern-like head with inlaid square end. Finger- board of stained boxwood. Tail-piece affixed by a brass wire to the tail-...

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Manuscript label: Francois vaillan / rue Debussy 1721 / a paris


Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection


Object Place

Paris, France


Length 70.2 cm, width 19 cm (Length 27 5/8 in., width 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Maple, spruce


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Chordophones