Lovely old épinette des Vosges

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Lovely old épinette des Vosges

Postby pristine2 » Wed Dec 16, 2009 8:30 pm

Bill Howard was kind enough to photograph this nice old Ame Lambert edV I picked up recently.

ED used to handle full-width photos. It doesn't seem to any more, but you'll get the idea.

Christophe Toussaint believes it dates from around 1890.

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The seller told me it came from France in the 1950s with her mother, Genevieve Marie Odile De Tarrade, b. 1916 in Paris.

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It's missing two pegs, but I'm hoping Christophe might take care of that for me. Otherwise, it is in very nice shape:

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The artwork makes me think these might have been sold in Les Vosges to Parisian tourists, much as dulcimers have been sold to visitors over the years in Kentucky and Tennessee:

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The full spread of Bill's wonderfully crisp photos is here:

http://s272.photobucket.com/albums/jj19 ... 0EPINETTE/
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Re: Lovely old épinette des Vosges

Postby kwl » Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:38 pm

Very interesting. Thanks for sharing the pictures with us.
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Re: Lovely old épinette des Vosges

Postby Frimp » Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:14 am

Thanks for the photos and info. A fascinating instrument.
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Re: Lovely old épinette des Vosges

Postby Robin T » Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:04 pm

It is charming and lovely, Richard. I like the curve of the headstock-- it reminds me of the way a dog's tongue curls to lap water. (I mean that as a compliment; I love dogs! :))

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Re: Lovely old épinette des Vosges

Postby folkfan » Fri Dec 25, 2009 4:53 pm

Does anyone find the illustrations on the epinette familiar? The dog on the piano stool and the lady in the lead strings with the boy and whip are somehow very familiar to me. I went searching through old children's books to see if I could find them and found some that are very similar including a chimney sweep, in early Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes etc. Oh, where, oh, where, is that little dog found???? I hope that we can get some real good close-ups of the illustrations as I'm wondering if they are lithographs that have been done as decals like china is decorated with. Or were the drawings done on treated wood so the ink wouldn't bleed?
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