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date: 14 November 2019

Collesse, Joseph locked

  • Anne Beetem Acker


(b Rennes, France, Jan 30, 1717; d Lyon, France, Jan 28, 1776). French harpsichord maker. The eighth child of the organist Jacques Collesse, Joseph was four when the family moved to Nantes, and 13 when his father died. By 1739 Collesse was in Lyon, where documents for his marriage in January 1740 identify him as a maker of harpsichords and a musician, though it seems he was primarily a harpsichord maker. Beginning in 1742 he is listed as ‘mâitre facteur du clavecins’ on birth records for his children; in July 1751 he is listed as ‘facteur d’instruments du musique’ for the first time, a designation that continues in the birth records of his last daughter, in 1753. His workshop, in the St Pierre neighbourhood, was near those of his fellow instrument makers. An advertisement of 1766 in Petities Affiches mentions a Collesse l’aîné (the elder) selling all sorts of instruments; the relationship of Collesse l’aîné to Joseph is unclear....

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