Ref :   1037

A very good French Lady's Violin by the firm of Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy, labelled
Mirecourt, circa 1920

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Instruments bearing this exact label represented the high-end output of the French firm of Jerôme Thibouville-Lamy (known as JTL), during the 1920s.

Charles Buthod (1810-1889) was one of the three founder members of JTL and was eventually its director. (The other two were Husson and Thibouville-Lamy). The JTL firm was still operating in 1930, maintaining its same high standards.

The JTL instruments - notably those labelled as Buthod, as in this case - are always good, well-made solid instruments of excellent materials and with excellent 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 represents the very best one could hope to find from this studio - an unusually beautiful one-piece back, well-flamed of medium curl maple. The sides, neck and scroll appear to be of the same wood, the sides being equally well-flamed. The scroll and Fs show a steady hand with attention to detail, as do the purfling and the cornerwork - very good throughout. Varnish is dark red-brown - nice on the eye, highly transparent and complimenting the beautiful choice of materials very well.

This is a lady's violin - not to be confused with a child violin. Lady's violins were very serious instruments conforming to the same standards expressed in full-size instruments, but made for smaller adults. This violin's tone is strong and responsive, as is the case with all JTL's top-grade violins. After some 100 years, this violin has matured well and is in superb condition. It would be a worthy acquisition for an advanced student, with entry-level professional possibilities.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 34.8 cm

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Price : On request


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