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French violin, Grandjon school, approx. 1870 (certificate J. J. Rampal)
French violin, Grandjon school, approx. 1870 (certificate J. J. Rampal)
Grandjon school violin, approx. 1870 (certificate J. J. Rampal)
Grandjon school violin, approx. 1870 (certificate J. J. Rampal)
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Grandjon school
Length of back: 36.0 cm
Year: approx. 1870
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Powerful French violin, Grandjon school, approx. 1870 (certificate J. J. Rampal)

This antique French violin is a historic instrument dating back to around 1870, and it was clearly crafted in the tradition of the Grandjon dynasty of violin makers. With its powerful and radiant voice full of timbre and excellent resonance, it is an outstanding choice, especially for solo performance. For many generations, masters from the Grandjon family worked as luthiers in Mirecourt, the historic centre of French violin making. Jules Joseph Grandjon is the most well-known member of the family; he initially spent several years honing his craft in Paris before opening a large atelier in his hometown. It served as the veritable birthplace of multiple influential luthiers in the late 19th century, such as Joseph Hel and Paul Bailly, who themselves established successful workshops alongside the great J. B. Vuillaume and reached great international acclaim. Their common foundation was the high musical and artisanal standards of the Grandjon school, which an unknown master interpreted perfectly in this violin. The two-piece maple back with its delicate flames and the very even grain of the premium spruce top are the work of a demanding artisanal craftsman who followed traditional standards, using great care and experience to select his materials. His well-trained hand produced the exceptionally well-executed arching of the table and the back, cleanly carved sound holes, and the excellent purfling with delicate beesting corners. He put tasteful antiquing on the orange-brown varnish upon a golden-yellow background. Multiple bushings on the original peg box reflect the great esteem that this well-played instrument received from its earlier owners. At our atelier for restoration, the violin was completely set up and made ready to play; two carefully performed repairs to the top explain why this instrument with a magnificent sound is being sold at an affordable price. The violin's provenance and quality are confirmed by a certificate of the highly regarded Parisian violin making expert Jean-Jacques Rampal.

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