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Violin/Viola by Chanot and Lété Workshop, Paris, 1819

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NMM 10011.  Violin/viola by Chanot and Lete workshop, Paris, 1819 Bass side view Back view

NMM 10011. Violin/viola by Chanot & Lété workshop, Paris, 1819. Chanot model. Guitar-shaped body without corners or overhanging edges. Purchase funds given by family and friends in memory of Usher Abell (1915-2003), Vermillion, 2003.

Technical Information

Label: handwritten in black ink on paper, with lined texture and line-and-scalloped-edge border:  Francois. Chanot [names angled to form upside-down "V"] / à Paris. 1819.

Top:  one-piece, quarter-cut spruce with medium grain broadening toward the bass and narrowing toward the treble; slight bear-claw figure on upper bass bout.

Back:  one-piece, quarter-cut maple with very narrow curl ascending slightly from treble to bass; ivory cap over entire button.

Ribs:  quarter-cut maple with narrow curl, angled to right on bass side, angled to left on treble side; top and back do not overhang ribs.

Edging:  edges not scooped; edges capped with rounded ivory over a pearwood strip.

Purfling:  five alternating ebony and ivory strips, the outer ones ebony; continues under back button.

Varnish:  dark brown.

String holder:  guitar-style, rectangular, ebony, with carved saddle, with a convex curve toward upper edge; strings held by three stained hardwood pins with red-painted mother-of-pearl eyes, one red-brown hardwood (possibly pearwood) pin with mother-of-pearl eye, and one ebony pin with mother-of-pearl eye.

Saddle:  black-stained maple; does not extend into purfling; later.

Endpin:  dark red hardwood with visible lighter rays (possibly pearwood); later.

Linings:  spruce.

Top block:  poplar or willow; nail into neck heel.

Bottom block:  poplar or willow.

Bassbar:  low height; ends at upper edge of string holder.



F-holes:  curved, slot-shaped; edges lined in ebony and ivory, the inside edge varnished dark brown.

Pegbox and Scroll

Front of pegbox Bass side of pegbox Back of pegbox

Head and neck:  maple, narrow curl; reversed scroll, fluted; back of pegbox flat.



Total violin/viola length:  619 mm
Stop length (higher bridge position):  190 mm
Stop length (lower bridge position):  211 mm
Vibrating string length (higher bridge position):  325 mm
Vibrating string length (lower bridge position):  337 mm
Original neck length (bottom of nut to ribs):  132 mm
Upper bout width: 179 mm
Center bout width: 129 mm
Lower bout width: 226 mm
Back length: 379 mm
Rib height: 32-34 mm

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Front of pegbox Front of violin Upper bouts Soundholes Bridge Treble soundhole Soundholes Front, lower bouts Pin holder Lower bouts Lower bouts Saddle Bottom rib Bottom rib Pegbox, bass side Neck, bass side Neck heel, bass side Body, bass side Pegbox, treble side Neck, treble side Neck heel, treble side Body, treble side Pegbox, back Back Neck heel, back Upper bout, back Center bout, back Lower bouts, back Bottom rib