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This little barocco instrument is a "dancing master pochette" or kit violin. It was used between the 17th and 19th century by dancing masters who teached at their pupil's home.
Its name comes from the fact that the teacher carried it tied in a long pocket of his jacket.
The dancing master used it mainly for marking the beat and also drafting a melody.
One can notice that at the 20th century, the pochette was still in use by ..... some circus clowns, like the famous Swiss clown Grock who played with an authentic pochette from the 18th century.
See the wonderful video, back from 1931 "Grock, Son grand numéro".
I have completed this pochette by April, 2013.
The original model is at the Victoria & Albert Museum, in London. It is attributed to luthier Jaques Dumesnil, 1647.
The plans were drawn by the British luthier Owen Morse-Brown. (many thanks to him !)
See the making of slide-show.
Here is the happy owner, discovering his new instrument :
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