Ref :   1032

A good unlabelled French violin
Of unknown authorship

Probably Mirecourt, circa 1930 or later

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Although unlabelled there can be no mistaking this violin's origin as being French - the overall modeling, arching, cornerwork and Fs, as well as the attractive choice of materials all speak of good French lutherie in the best of French traditions. The long backlength of 361 mm would be a pointer to Mirecourt, where backlengths of 360 mm or more were commonplace in some studios.

This violin is in impeccable condition, completely free from cracks or repairs, although it appears that it has been entirely revarnished. This, however, was very well done.

The attractive one-piece back, ribs, neck and scroll are of good nicely-flamed maple with a medium curl. The top is of very straight and even open-grained tone spruce. Cornerwork is particularly nicely done with excellent mitres and the Fs are elegant and nicely positioned. The scroll shows refinement, good balance and elegance.

This is a well-toned instrument with good tonal balance and focus. It is satisfying to play.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 36.1 cm

Condition :
  Impeccable condition. Free from cracks or repairs.
Entirely revarnished, professionally.

Provenance :
  The property of Johan Grobbelaar

Price : On request


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