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"Beethoven & Berlioz, Paris & Vienna:
Musical Treasures from the Age of Revolution & Romance

Violin by Chanot & Lété, Paris, 1819

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NMM 1287.  Violin by Chanot & Lété, Paris, 1819 Bass Side view of Chanot violin Treble Side view of Chanot violin Back of Chanot violin

NMM 1287. Violin by Chanot & Lété workshop, Paris, 1819. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Designed by François Chanot and built probably by George Chanot and/or Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

Front and Back of Body

Front of Chanot violin Back of Chanot violin

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Label:  handwritten paper label in black ink:  Chanot Luthier / a Paris l'an 1819.

Body:  guitar-shaped body without corners or overhanging edges.

Top:  two-piece, quarter-cut spruce, medium grain with prominent bear-claw figure.

Back:  one-piece, quarter-cut maple with narrow curl descending from treble to bass; ebony cap over entire button.

Ribs:  two-piece, quarter-cut maple with narrow curl; top and back do not overhang ribs; bottom ribs divided by trapezoidally shaped, ebony strip.

Edging:  edges not scooped; edges capped with rounded ivory over an ebony strip; continues under back button.

Purfling: ebony and ivory; continues under back button.

Varnish:  light, golden-brown.

Fingerboard:  ebony; channeled over neck position.

String holder:  guitar-style ebony with carved saddle; strings held by black-stained maple pins with mother-of-pearl eyes.

Saddle:  ebony; half-round shape; flush with top; set into top.

Endpin:  ebony; small with very short neck.

Linings:  spruce. Original, narrow bassbar.



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F-holes:  curved, slot-shaped; edges lined in ebony and ivory, the inside edge painted black.

Pegbox and Scroll Views

Front of pegbox Treble side of pegbox Bass side of pegbox Back of pegbox

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Head and neck:  maple with faint, narrow curl; back of pegbox flat; original reversed scroll or shield-finial replaced with traditional scroll.

Pegs:  four boxwood, two pairs have matching collar profiles; heads undercut at neck; head shape concave on both axes; head edges form a ridge; ferrule steeply tapered.

Nut:  ebony.

Neck Heel

Bass side of neck heel Back of neck heel Treble side of neck heel

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Stop length:  190 mm
Vibrating string length:  327 mm
Original neck length (bottom of nut to ribs): 131 mm
Upper bout width:  168 mm
Center bout width:  107 mm
Lower bout width:  209 mm
Back length:  370 mm
Upper bout rib height:  32-33 mm
Center bout rib height:  33 mm
Lower bout rib height:  33-34 mm

Literature:  André P. Larson, The National Music Museum: A Pictorial Souvenir (Vermillion: National Music Museum, 1988), pp. 32 and 65.

André P. Larson, Beethoven: Musical Treasures from The Age of Revolution and Romance, with essays by John Eliot Gardner, William Meredith, and Gerhard Stradner, exhibition catalog, Bowers Museum of Cultural Art, Santa Ana, California, January 30-March 21, 1999 (Santa Ana: The Bowers Museum, 1999), p. 8.

John Koster, "Inventive Violin Making: Important Acquisitions Enrich Museum's Holdings," America's Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 28, No. 3 (August 2001), pp. 1-3.

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), p. 33.

David Rivinus, "Design Counsel," The Strad 117, No. 1389 (January 2006), pp. 48-52.

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