Toutes ces larmes (Testudo)
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Toutes ces larmes (Testudo)

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Peter De Cleyn Toutes ces larmes

stoneware clay, engobe, glaze, feathers

12 x (8 x 8.5 x 5 cm)


Until recently, Johannes Fresneau (c.1615 - c.1670) was an obscure lutenist from the 17th century. However, during his time his work appeared in various collections. It was recently discovered that this composer, born in France, lived and worked in Leiden during the Dutch Republic. He married Anna Asseling there in 1644, daughter of a wealthy instrument maker Andries Asseling, who specialized in lutes, cisters and violins. In November 1645, Maria, their first and only child, was born. But then disaster struck. In the summer of 1661 Anna died. Daughter Maria died in 1664 as a result of the plague that had also ravaged the city of Leiden . Les larmes de Dufresneau. Johannes Fresneau lived until the early 1670s. An inventory was made of what could be found in his house after his death. '12 lutes, as good as quate, 2 theorbos, 2 basses, a guitar, 2 cyters, 2 old instruments, a case with some music books and leaves, some other junk...'