Ref :   0875

A good French Lady's violin (7/8th) by the firm of
Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy
Mirecourt, c. 1920

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This Lady's violin (7/8th size) has a generic Amati label which also bears the emblem of the firm of Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (a violin superimposed over a lyre with rays emitting from it) and dates from around 1920. It is in excellent condition with absolutely no crack or evident repair in it.

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". They reached their zenith period between the years of 1908 and 1928 and 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.

In 1880 JTL's annual production was 800 violins, 400 violas and 50 cellos, produced in three distinct grades, which were affordable alternatives to expensive fine violins, and which brought good violins into the hands of many excellent but less privileged young musicians. The JTL firm was still operating in 1930, maintaining its same high standards. Their productions were always good - well-made solid instruments of excellent materials and with good tone. I have not yet seen a JTL instrument that was not appealing to the eye - the backs usually are very attractive and the varnish pleasing.

This violin is made from excellent woods - it has an attractive two-piece back - much a trademark of good JTL instruments - of nicely figured maple with a straight narrow curl, repeated in the ribs. The neck and scroll are of really attractive maple. The varnish is a light golden brown. Craftsmanship is excellent throughout and the violin was made with attention to detail.

After almost 100 years, this violin has matured well and is well-toned. It would be a worthy acquisition for an talented young violinist or small adult.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 34.8 cm

Condition :
  Excellent condition. No evident repairs or cracks anywhere.

Provenance :

Price : P.O.A.
Prices for good JTL violins are normally between US$3000 and $4000.


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