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French viola, Mirecourt approx. 1900
French viola, Mirecourt approx. 1900
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Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 38.0 cm
Year: approx. 1830
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Petite French viola, Mirecourt approx. 1830

This petite antique viola is a good sounding French instrument with a bodylength of 38.0 cm and an indeed beautiful appearance, that was built approx. 1830 in the famous violin making town Mirecourt. This viola features the typical advantages of instruments from Mirecourt, elegant corners and elegant soundholes that were well cut, a one-piece back of medium arch and most notably the typical orange-brown colored varnish with deep gloss, that is very transparent and bears some honorable traces of use that match the visual aesthetic of the instrument perfectly. The viola is preserved in crackfree condition and was thoroughly worked over in our workshop by our experienced luthiers, who made it ready to play. It unfolds its bright, powerful voice which is rich in overtones with great precision, a mature sound, that is well-defined and balanced across the strings.

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