Ref :   0202

A very fine French violin by
Hippolyte Chrétien SILVESTRE
(1845 - 1913)
Lyon, before 1884

Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre (1845-1913) was nephew of the important French violin maker, Pierre Silvestre, to whom he was apprentice in Lyon, France, and whom he succeeded in 1865. This violin's label indicates that it was made in Lyon. Since Silvestre moved to Paris in 1884, it can be assumed that this violin dates from 1884 or before.

The top is of fine medium grained spruce; the one-piece back is of beautifully flamed maple. The craftmanship throughout is superb, reflected in a beautiful scroll and excellent purfling.

The tone is what one would expect from this great French violin maker - strong and penetrative, clear and even throughout the register.


Dimensions :
  Back length: 35.7 cm; upper bout; 16.6 cm; c-bout: 10.8 cm; lower bout: 20.4 cm.

Condition :
  Excellent. No discernable repairs or cracks. Original in all parts and varnish.

Provenance :

Price : On request


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