Cello by Joseph Laurent Mast, Toulouse, C.1830
Joseph Laurent Mast (1779 - 1830) was the son and pupil of Jean Laurent Mast and after leaving Mirecourt, established independently in Toulouse around 1800. His work was more classically graceful than that of his Father, although still recognisably Mirecourtian. Widely scooped arching of medium height, quite flat across the centre. Rather narrow and upright soundholes, elegantly shaped. Purfling mitres deflected strongly across the corners. Traditional Mirecourt yellow varnish but also a better orange red recipe. Good materials. Some instruments with painted and decorated backs. Also prolific guitar maker. Branded internally and beneath.
Label: Does not bear any internal label
String length: 679mm
Length of back: 735mm
Upper / lower bout: 346mm / 434mm
Varnish description: Medium brown