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1/2 violin from Mirecourt, ca. 1900 - table
1/2 violin from Mirecourt, ca. 1900 - table
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 31.6 cm
Year: approx. 1900

1/2 - powerful c.1900 French 1/2 sized violin

This fine 1/2 violin from around 1900 has an especially attractive historic appearance, especially amongst the rare half-sized violins which feature a sound suitable for competitive performance. It was crafted in an unknown atelier in the French violinmaking town of Mirecourt, and it has an unusual and distinctive profile with its eye-catching silhouette and moderately high arch on the top and back. The small sound holes and gentle flaming of the two-part maple back are a charming contrast with the pronounced and somewhat fluid lines of the fine- to moderately-grained spruce top. The interesting patina and expressive traces of use by talented young musicians shape the aesthetic of the highly transparent, golden-brown varnish. A few smaller flaws to the varnish have no impact on either the visual appeal of this violin or its bright, open sound, which is full of power and pleasant warmth. It is a well-preserved children's violin with rich potential; we meticulously set it up in our atelier, and it is now ready to play.

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