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Petite antique French viola from Mirecourt, 19th century

This French petite viola (38.0 cm) from the mid 19th century was made in a time, in which the viola was still considered as a minor instrument of violin family. It is a small viola with a violin-like sound and feel of remarkable quality made in Mirecourt around 1850 on the model of Breton with rather flat archings and a charcateristic, fine scroll, typically cut in the French...

This French petite viola (38.0 cm) from the mid 19th century was made in a time, in which the viola was still considered as a minor instrument of violin family. It is a small viola with a violin-like sound and feel of remarkable quality made in Mirecourt around 1850 on the model of Breton with rather flat archings and a charcateristic, fine scroll, typically cut in the French Mirecourt style of the time. The unknown maker who handcrafted this gorgeous petite viola in the mid 19th century did particularly well selecting the beautiful Vogesian woods with their interesting irregulair grains for their tonal qualities. The transparent gold-brown varnish is highly patinated and underlines the special beauty of the tonewoods. Some acceptable signs from playing indicate that this petite viola has been serving excellent players for many years. It has no cracks and no repairs and includes Corilon's trade-guarantee and an optional certificate of appraisal.

The vibrating string lenth of the viola is 34.4 cm.

Inventory no.
4806
Maker
Breton
Provenance
Mirecourt
Year
circa 1850
Tone
warm, mature, precise, well-balanced
Length of back
38.0 cm
Kleine antike französische Bratsche aus Mirecourt, 19. Jahrhundert
Petite antique French viola from Mirecourt, 19th century
Petite antique French viola from Mirecourt, 19th century
Petite antique French viola from Mirecourt, 19th century
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