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STOLEN: Léon Victor Mougenot 1912, French violin,
This Leon Mougenot violin was stolen in Konstanz, Germany in November 2013.
Recovery will be rewarded. Responsible police department Konstanz, Germany.
Léon Victor Mougenot was one of the most influential figures in the field of modern artisan violin making in France. This violin, which was made in 1912, features the original “Leon Mougenot-Gauché” label and is an impressive example of the art he pursued in his atelier. Whilst the instrument factories in Mirecourt were thriving and flourishing, Leon Mougenot was winning over outstanding apprentices and employees to his studio, luthiers who felt strongly bound to the standards of the historic Italian masters as well as the French tradition of Lupot and Vuillaume. His school served as the point of origin for such noteworthy masters as Jean Striebig and the brothers Giacomo and Léandro Bisiach; it was also the birthplace of expressive pieces such as this violin, which was built with extraordinary accuracy. Its narrow sound holes and delicate purfling reflect the finest craftsmanship and emphasise the somewhat feminine character of the elegantly carved scroll. The violin has been maintained in top condition, with two minor repairs at the right sound hole and the end button; both have no effect on the sound whatsoever. It was very carefully set up and made ready to play in our specialist atelier for restoration. The lustrous oil varnish applied to the golden-yellow wood has developed a beautiful historic patina with vivid traces of use which indicate the instrument's musical virtues at a glance. Based on a model by Guarneri, its special strength is its voluminous sound, which has a clarity and power that will meet the highest standards.