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 Fine French master violin, Victor Aubry, 1944 - top
 Fine French master violin, Victor Aubry, 1944 - back
 Fine French master violin, Victor Aubry, 1944 - ribs
 Fine French master violin, Victor Aubry, 1944 - scroll

Fine French master violin, Victor Aubry, Paris 1944

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 in Le Havre 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. And so this fine violin is one of his last works which he made in the last year of the war in Paris. The full table of the broadly designed body shows the steady hand of the 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 two piece instead of one that we saw on the last Victor Aubry violin we sold last year. 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 instrument, a piece of European history which we now offer after having carefully set it up at our workshop and made it ready to play.

Inventory No.: 4623
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Victor Aubry
Length of back: 35.8 cm
Year: 1944
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