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NMM 10010. Violoncello by Chanot & Lété Workshop, Paris,
NMM 10010. Violoncello by Chanot & Lété workshop, Paris, ca. 1819-1820. Designed by François Chanot and built probably by Georges Chanot and/or Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. A magnificent example of maple with spruce top and the shield finial that is shown in Chanot's original designs. A rare example, giving the Museum a complete quartet, plus a unique violin/viola. Board of Trustees, 2000.
Pegbox and Scroll
Handwritten paper label in black ink: Chanot . p B. d’inv. 21 Janv. 1818_. / Paris . C . I .D . No. 129___.
Body: guitar-shaped body without corners or overhanging edges.
Top: two-piece, quarter-cut spruce with wide grain narrowing significantly at the flanks; slight bear-claw figure on lower bouts.
Back: two-piece, quarter-cut maple with prominent, very narrow curl ascending slightly from center joint; ebony cap over entire button; button slightly recessed from plane of back.
Ribs: quarter-cut maple with medium curl, angled slightly to right on bass side, angled slightly to left on treble side; lower ribs divided by 24-27 mm ebony band, wider at top than bottom.
Head and neck: maple, narrow curl; pegbox terminates in front-facing shield, convex along vertical dimension; back of pegbox not fluted; pegbox shoulders with concave outline; back of neck heel made from separate piece of wood.
Edging: edges not scooped; edges capped with rounded ebony finished with same varnish as body.
Purfling: ebony and ivory; very wide.
Varnish: dark red-brown.
Fingerboard: ebony; slightly angled at C-string position; possibly later.
Nut: two pieces of laminated ebony.
String holder: guitar-style ebony, wider at upper end, with raised, carved border, forming saddle at upper end; strings held by ebony pins with ivory eyes.
Pegs: four ebony with convex heads and mother-of-pearl eyes.
F-holes: curved, slot-shaped, slightly wider at lower ends; edges lined in ebony and ivory, the inside edge painted light brown.
Linings: spruce; wide.
Top block: spruce.
Bottom block: spruce.
Bassbar: narrow; extends over and through ebony string holder, which is cut away between G and C pins to accommodate bassbar on inside of top. Diamond-shaped spruce cleats along inside of back center joint.
Literature: André P. Larson, Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna: Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance 1789-1848, with essay by John Koster, exhibition catalog, Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 12-November 2, 2003 (Vermillion: National Music Museum 2003), pp. 21 and 37.
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