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H. Derazey workshop, late 19th century French violin - top
H. Derazey workshop, late 19th century French violin - top
H. Derazey workshop, late 19th century French violin - back
H. Derazey workshop, late 19th century French violin - back
Atelier H. Derazey, violon francais 19eme - eclisses
Atelier H. Derazey, violon francais 19eme - eclisses
Atelier H. Derazey, violon francais 19eme - volute
Atelier H. Derazey, violon francais 19eme - volute
Provenance: Paris
Maker: Jean-Joseph Honoré Derazey
Length of back: 35.9 cm
Year: late 19th century
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H. Derazey, late 19th century French violin

This late-period violin by Jean-Joseph Honoré Derazey is an old master violin with an outstandingly powerful voice that is bright, resonant and rich in timbre. It was crafted in the second half of the life of the Mirecourt master luthier who died in 1883; it bears H. Derazeys original label and several brand marks on the body. This Derazey testifies to the high demand for instruments made by this precocious master who, as a young luthier, was one of the closest employees of the legendary Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume; in the course of his career, Derazey won numerous medals for instruments he exhibited in Paris and London. It is one of the instruments not equal in sophistication to pieces such as this fine Derazey violin - and it comes out as a rare opportunity to obtain a Derazey violin at an affordable price. The violin's deeply flamed two-piece back and top of finely-grained maple – an unusual selection – reflect the flawless and confident work of Derazey's experienced hand; the instrument is based upon his preferred model and patterned after Stradivari. The transparent golden-brown varnish with delicate nuances of orange and red shows eloquent traces of use by earlier generations of musicians who clearly appreciated this violin and used it to perform demanding repertoire. Their esteem for the violin is also apparent in the care given to the repairs that were made, none of which have any effect whatsoever on the sound. After having been meticulously set up by the specialists at our atelier for restoration, this Derazey violin is now ready to play, and we recommend it because of its radiant sound and its immediate and highly compelling response.

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