- Mary Cyr
(fl Paris, c1687; dcNov 10, 1725). French string instrument maker. He was one of the best and most prolific of French makers of string instruments and his viols are fine examples of 18th-century craftsmanship. He held the title faiseur d'instrumens ordinaire de la muzique du Roy. He built other instruments besides viols, including a kit (1689) in viol shape which is now in the Musée de la musique, Paris (illustration in Thibault, 1973). A posthumous inventory of the shop, which was at the corner of the rue Grenelle and the rue Pélican, shows that he possessed an extensive collection of both old and modern instruments. This included dozens of viols (some of them English), five cellos (‘violons de chelles’), several pardessus de violes, various parts for harpsichords and guitars, some bows (a few decorated with ivory), strings and a supply of several woods....