Sébastien Renault (died after 1804) and François Chatelain (died after 1800), makers
Paris, circa 1785
maple body, Martin varnish decoration, pine soundboard, crochet mechanism, 7 pedals
mark on the console: SB RENAULT / ET CHATELAIN / A PARIS
Gift of David David-Weill, 1922
© Photo MAD, Paris / Jean Tholance
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Blue, green or black Martin varnish, imitating Asian lacquers, was frequently used for the body’s uniform decoration and to embellish the soundboard with delicate bouquets, foliation and volutes. The other parts of the instrument were in sculpted and gilt wood.