Gamba Family Violin family Restorings Atelier

It is highly significant that such a fundamental work as Diderot's "Encyclopedie", in its plates devoted to the luthier's trade, clearly illustrates several different moulds for the construction of violins and cellos, but none for viol instead. Only two jigs for building viols are illustrated in the Encyclopedie, plate XII: a "false" back:

and a "false" belly: