Ref :   0833

A French Violin by
Léon Mougenot
(1874 - 1954)
Mirecourt, c. 1930

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This violin's label was deliberately removed years ago as indicated by scratchmarks in the label area. The reason for such an intervention is not clear and very seldom makes sense. However a small fragment of the label remains - just enough to identify it positively with known labels of the French violinmaker, Léon Mougenot (1874 - 1954).

Mougenot was born in Mirecourt and initially apprenticed with E. Laurent. He then worked in Brussels for his father's cousin, Georges Mougenot, until 1894, followed by two years with Paul Blanchard in Lyon, France. He then spent time in Paris working for R. Lombard and thereafer he worked for Hill in London until 1898. In 1899 he returned to Mirecourt where he founded his own studio.

In 1909 Mougenot was awarded a gold medal at the Nancy International Exhibition. He taught some 65 French and foreign students - testimony of his knowledge and the respect he had earned in his lifetime.

Mougenot made very precise copies of the work of Stradivari, Guarneri, Vuillaume and Lupot. William Henley says of him: 'Superfine workmanship, guaranteed hand done. Also models not varnished to have the appearance of age. Remarkable for varnish of warm aspect, various shades, notably a golden-red […]. Veritable art productions, sonorously clear tone.'

This is a good instrument in all respects. It dates from around 1930 and is in impeccable structural condition. It has a really beautiful one-piece back with distinct flame of broad curl. It follows the Guraneri model quite directly and manifests a steady hand in all aspects of fine lutherie, notably very tidy work in the purfling and corners.

This violin is unusually responsive and well-toned with a clear focussed sound, easy to play. It has been the instrument of an important professional musician for the past 40 years.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.7 cm
Based on the Guarneri model

Condition :
  Other than a few minor scratches and wearing in the varnish, this violin is in impecable condition.

Provenance :
  Withheld. This violin has been in professional use until now.

Price : P.O.A.


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