Guersan Pardessus

Guersan Pardessus

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Description (Brief)

This pardessus was made by Louis Guersan in Paris, France, in 1762. It is made of a two-piece spruce top with both a medium and fine grain. The back consists of five pieces. Two are of maple and three are of plumwood. Each of the ribs are of two pieces of maple with a center of similar fruitwood. The head, pegbox and neck are of one piece of maple. The pegbox is ornamented with a carved female head, carved flowers at each peghole and a carved flower with vines on the hack. The instrument has a maker’s and two restorer's labels:

Ludovicus
GUERSAN
prope
Comoediam
Gallicam
Lutetiae
Anno
1762

Peter Tourin
Tourin Musica
19 Duxbury, Vermont 84
Restored

Donald Warnock
Luthier 1984
Repairs to surfaces
Retouching, Over varnish

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
pardessus
date made
1762
maker
Guersan, Louis
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Physical Description
maple (overall material)
plumwood (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 24 1/2 in x 7 3/4 in x 3 3/4 in; 62.23 cm x 19.685 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
1994.0036.01
accession number
1994.0036
catalog number
1994.0036.01
Credit Line
Gift of Lex K. Larson in memory of Arthur Larson
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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