Ref :   0807

A French violin labelled
Jean Baptiste Colin
Mirecourt, 1905

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Violinmaking literature does not list an individual maker named Jean Baptiste Colin. Labels bearing this name are associated with high-end French trade instruments made in Mirecourt, according to William Henley. (There was a maker named Jean Colin, but he worked during the 18th century and this is manifestly not his work.)

Henley describes these instruments in positive terms, mentioning that they always made of attractive wood with "pretty backs". The light yellowish varnish (as in this case) was used on instruments that deliberately copied the work of Collin-Mézin. He describes the tone as generally being strong. He accurately describes the printed label, which leaves no doubt about the origin of this violin, dated 1905 by hand.

This violin follows the above description: the instrument is made of a fine selection of materials - the two-piece back, ribs, neck and scroll are of well-figured maple with a distinct deep flame of medium curl. The top is of good closely grained tone spruce. Purfling and cornerwork is crisp and steady. Varnish is a light yellowish colour and a quick glance of the violin evokes the work of Collin-Mézin. The pegs and top saddle are newly done and the tailpiece and chinrest (all of matching palisander wood) are likewise recently fitted.

This instrument required two repairs: a soundpost crack in the top was repaired with a patch inside, professionally done. And damage to the lining and rib of the treble c-bout by woodborer has been cleaned out, neutralized and reinforced, resulting in an extremely stable and secure repair, albeit visible.

As it is now, this violin is in excellent condition, structurally stable and with a lot of visual appeal. Although slightly less than perfect because of the above repairs, it remains eminently suitable for performance of a very advanced nature.

With a back length of 35.2 cm and a stop length of 32.2 cm, this violin is just very slightly under-sized and would be very suitable for a lady or small person.

It is well-toned and a pleasure to play on.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.2 cm
Stop length: 32.2 cm

Condition :
  Very good condition.
Recently refurbished with new pegs, new top saddle, tailpiece, chinrest and general setup. Tomastik Vision strings. Soundpost crack in the top has been professionally repaired with a reinforcing patch inside. Woodborer damage to the treble c-bout and inner lining has been neutralized and reinforced.
The violin is structurally secure, requiring no work.

Provenance :

Price : On request


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