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Lady´s violin - 7/8 violin from Mirecourt, approx. 1920 - top
Lady´s violin - 7/8 violin from Mirecourt, approx. 1920 - top
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Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 35.1 cm
Year: approx. 1920
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7/8-sized French violin, approx. 1920

This French “lady's violin” was made in the 1920s. It is an instrument in the relatively uncommon 7/8th size, which both male and female musicians with smaller hands particularly appreciate. The fact that it can be easier to play does not mean that there have been any compromises in its sound, as is frequently the case amongst 3/4-sized violins, which are often designed with the sole purpose of being used by students. This violin, however, is truly an adult and has a powerful, precise and balanced voice — resonant and clear, bright and with a note of sweetness to it. The deeply carved and elegant scroll reflects craftsmanship of very good quality. The flat-arched model was made of beautiful tone woods; the maple of the one-piece back is particularly eye-catching with its interesting, asymmetrical grain, since it has modest flaming at the top and then very dramatic and broad flames in the lower half. The transparent reddish-brown varnish is typical of the violin-making town of Mirecourt in the Vosges mountains of France, where this violin was crafted at an unknown workshop. Its historic patina and expressive traces of use indicate that musicians have enjoyed playing it. The instrument made its way to us in very good and undamaged condition; we gave it new rosewood fittings at our atelier, and it is now ready to play.

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