1850’s L'école de Jean - Baptiste Vuillaume Violin
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Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (1798 - 1875)
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume emerged as a pivotal figure in the 19th-century violin trade, dealing with numerous exceptional instruments, including Stradivari's renowned 'le Messie,' among others. Beyond his success as a dealer, Vuillaume showcased remarkable skills as both a craftsman and promoter of his own instruments. Widely regarded as some of the finest ever crafted in France, his violins stand alongside the exceptional creations of Nicolas Lupot.
Much like many influential individuals, Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume displayed genius across various facets of life. His initial talent blossomed in the art of crafting stringed instruments, honed during his early years working with François Chanot on cornerless violins. Although these early experiments may not match the tonal excellence of his later works (available at a more affordable price), they exhibit exquisite craftsmanship and captivate observers.
Representative of L’école de Vuillaume's distinctive style, this violin, crafted in the 1850s, follows the Stradivari model. Constructed using an inside mold in the Cremonese tradition, it stands out for adhering faithfully to the original Stradivari construction, a noteworthy detail given L'école de Vuillaume's use of both inside and outside molds.
The instrument features a two-piece front crafted from medium-grained spruce, while the back consists of two pieces of highly figured, book-matched maple. Similar wood is used for the ribs and scroll. The rich orange-brown varnish, coupled with Vuillaume's signature antiquing technique, adds to its aesthetic appeal.
Measuring 590mm in length and 209mm in width, this violin is presented in exceptional original condition, retaining its original neck, and showcasing unpolished varnish.