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WORKED OVER AND OPTIMZED: Fine French master violin, Victor Aubry, 1931
Worked over again and tonally optimized:
This French master violin by Victor Aubry is a magnificently crafted instrument that was patterned after Guarneri del Gesù. The instrument is an impressive modern interpretation which has captured the full potential of this classic model. With its powerful voice full of timbre, the clear and exceptionally resonant voice of this fine violin satisfies demanding soloist standards, and it reflects the talent of a master whose opportunity to bring his gifts to full fruition was interrupted by WWII. From December 1937 onward, Victor Aubry worked alone at the workshop founded by his father Joseph Aubry in Mirecourt in 1922, and in the challenging few years between that time and his early death in September 1944, he was not able to create a very extensive oeuvre. This fine violin is a comparatively early work which was produced some five years after the Aubry family moved to Le Havre. The full table of the broadly designed body shows the steady hand of the young luthier whose excellent training is evident in the perfect proportions of the the deeply carved scroll and finely crafted peg box. The deep flames of the meticulously selected top-quality maple are accentuated by his decision to fashion the back as one piece instead of two. And the aesthetic of the instrument is further complemented by a rich coat of oil varnish with a dark-red colour which confidently calls attention to the instrument's provenance from northern France. A beautiful patina and extensive traces of playing shape the historic character of this violin, which was played extensively by a clearly talented musician. Its fine features have been preserved in outstanding and undamaged condition. Multiple hand-written signatures on the inside of the violin confirm the authenticity of this rare premium-quality instrument, which we now offer after having carefully set it up at our workshop and made it ready to play.