Ref :   1021

A good French violin
By the firm of Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (JTL)

Labelled 'Geronimo GRANDINI'
 
Mirecourt, circa 1920

 
 
 
 
 
 
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This label represents the finest output by the French firm Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy, during the 1920s. They were particularly noted for first-class modeling, workmanship and material. Despite the label giving Paris as the city of origin, these instruments were in fact made in Mirecourt (as were all JTL's instruments).

This violin was rescued from years of obscurity and lack of appreciation, which has left its marks. However, it can be said with confidence that the obvious signs of neglect remain by and large superficial - scratches and scrapings in the varnish, which have no structural impact whatsoever. In fact, the only significant repair it has had has been to a crack in the top, which is secure. And very importantly, there are absolutely no cracks around the soundpost/bridge area, which means that this violin is in a remarkably good condition and could serve an appreciative violinist for decades to come.

What is very appealing in this instrument is the excellent broadly-flamed maple back and sides, really good and attractive wood, enhanced by the wine-red varnish favored by this firm and which only the French ever got right. The top is of superb tone-spruce. The scroll is balanced, elegant and shows the blackened champhers often associated with French instruments - although not the norm.

As with all these instruments, this is violin is very well-toned - easy response, robust, strong with focus and projection. For anyone willing to ignore the scratches in this violin, here is a fabulous and well-toned instrument, very worthy of appreciation and ready to render years of good response.

   
   
 

Dimensions :
  Length of back: 36.0 cm

Condition :
  Other than a repair to a crack in the top (treble side), this violin is in excellent structural condition.
There are no cracks in the soundpost/bridge area and the scratches and scrapes in the varnish are purely superficial with no structural implications.

Provenance :
  Withheld

Price : On request
 

 
 
 
 

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