Ref :   1051

A good French violin labelled
N. Miraucourt
Copy of Joseph Guarneri del Gésu
 
Nr 168, made in 1941

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The books list two violinmakers named Miraucourt, dating back to the mid-18th century, both active in Verdun, France. However, no N. Miraucourt is listed anywhere for the 20th century and nothing is known about this maker. Auction price histories refer to this person as an individual and the labels described appear to be identical to the two labels in this instrument, complete with serial numbers, dates and additional information written in by hand.

This violin, which clearly is a copy of the work of Joseph Guarneri Del Gésu (and labelled as such) is dated 1941 by hand. It also has an additional label on the opposite side stating in French that the violin is made entirely by hand and of old wood. (See photo). As much as this is convincing and believable, one is struck by the shading in the varnish which recall the techniques used in some Mirecourt trade studios.

This is a good violin by all standards - it is in impeccable condition as if made yesterday. The materials are nicely chosen- the two-piece back, ribs, neck and scroll are of mildly-flamed maple of medium curl. The top is of excellent tone spruce of an even narrow grain. Workmanship is good with fluted palettes in the Fs and fully completed fluting in the scroll.

The tone is strong and robust with projection and good balance.

   
   
 

Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.7 cm

Condition :
  Impeccable condition. As new.

Provenance :
  Withheld

Price : On request
 

 
 
 
 

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