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Delicate historic French violin, probably the Charotte family - top
Delicate historic French violin, probably the Charotte family - top
- back
- back
- side
- side
- scroll
- scroll
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: prob. the Charotte family
Length of back: 35.0 cm
Year: approx. 1800
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Delicate historic French violin, probably the Charotte family

This interesting historic French violin is a full 4/4 size yet has a delicate body with narrow, small contours, making it an excellent recommendation for musicians with smaller hands who want to satisfy the highest professional demands in terms of sound. This interesting master violin was crafted around 1800 in Mirecourt, most likely in one of the ateliers of the Charottes, a wide-ranging family of violin makers. The tasteful aesthetic of this instrument is defined by the powerful colour of the golden-brown base coat, and the reddish-brown varnish with a historic patina creates interesting accents and a charming interplay between the eye-catching irregularities of the spruce top and the beautiful flames on the two-piece back of premium maple. The high table, meticulously executed margins and delicate purfling reflect the work of a well-trained and experienced hand, a craftsman who gracefully carved the large, upright scroll as a self-confident statement. The violin’s previous owners showed it great care, as is evident by the carefully performed repairs, a solidly and finely carried out patch to the sound post, and as interesting detail the bass bar stamped by the Parisian luthier Henri Lagarde, who must have done restored it the 1920s/1930s. These top-quality repairs, which explain the affordable price of the instrument, have kept the violin’s exceptionally good sound in superior condition. It was set up and made ready to play at our atelier, and its large, warm, mature voice is compelling with its perfect response and melodic resonance. Suitable for professional and solo performance.

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