Ref :   0632

A very good French student violin by the firm of
Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy ('JTL')
Mirecourt, circa 1900

This is an undersized instrument - probably a 7/8th or a bit smaller, but is certainly made for a child of for a very small adult. It bears the label of the firm of Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy and dates from around 1900.

During the early 19th century, the family of Thibouville-Lamy established a large studio in Mirecourt, and for many years they set the French standard for high-quality trade instruments. Known as Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy Pty Ltd, the company was commonly referred to as "JTL". In 1908 they were joined by Hugues-Emile Blondelet, initiating their zenith period between the years of 1908 and 1928, the year of Blondelet's death. Instruments from that era are greatly respected, not only for the excellent materials used in their production, but also for the fine workmanship displayed in the majority of their output.

The most striking feature of this violin is its tone - big, beautiful, nicely balanced and responsive to demands and nuances. By all standards this is a good violin that would stand a talented young violinist in good stead - it allows for the easy performance of very demanding works.

It has an attractive one-piece back - much a trademark of good JTL instruments. The rest of the materials are consistently good. The craftsmanship is excellent and the violin was made with attention to detail.


Dimensions :
  Not available at this time. About 7/8th. Certainly bigger than 3/4.

Condition :
  Structurally in excellent condition with no cracks or discernable repairs. The varnish seems to be original, but appears to have been thinned.

Provenance :
  This violin has for the past number of years been the instrument of a very talented young musician who has made excellent progress on it, and who is now upgrading to a full-size fine instrument.

Price : Withheld


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