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H. Emile Blondelet, French violin, 1923
H. Emile Blondelet, French violin, 1923
Emile Blondelet violin - back
Emile Blondelet violin - back
- side
- side
H. Emile Blondelet Paris - scroll
H. Emile Blondelet Paris - scroll
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Hugues Emile Blondelet
Length of back: 35.8
Year: 1923
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H. Emile Blondelet, French violin, 1923 (Emile Blondelet)

This aesthetic and beautiful-sounding French violin was created by H. Emile Blondelet, one of Mirecourt’s leading luthiers in 1923. It bears Emile Blondelet’s original label No. B533 and several stamps. As the second of this master’s instruments in our catalogue – in addition to a Blondelet Cello dating back to 1924 – this violin is also one of the later works of the craftsman who died ahead of his time in 1928. His death meant that the rich traditions of the instrument-making town Mirecourt, origin of many fine French violins, lost an influential and striking personality. As the director of the internationally esteemed ateliers of J. Thibouville-Lamy J.T.L., Emile Blondelet made major contributions to expanding and developing the good name which French stringed instruments still enjoy to this day around the world. The fact that classical artisanry was the foundation of this success can be seen in this violin’s outstanding musical properties and its radiantly lovely aesthetic: luminous, orange-brown varnish emphasises the fine grain of the spruce top and the deep flames of the two-piece back of premium maple. Emile Blondelet’s characteristic touch can be seen not only in the accentuated margins which stand in attractive contrast to the small and delicate scroll. This fine stringed instrument was kept in very good condition, with a minor patch at the right sound hole which was professionally and nearly invisibly repaired with the greatest care by the experts at our atelier. Although this restoration has no effect on either the sound or the appearance of the violin, we have taken into account in determining the price. The violin is now ready to play and features lovely new rosewood fittings. We recommend it as a rare occasion to acquire a top-tier 1920s French instrument at an affordable rate. Its provenance is confirmed by a contemporary original certificate from Emile Blondelet’s workshop.

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