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Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), French master violin, circa 1820 - top
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), French master violin, circa 1820 - top
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), French violin, circa 1820  - back
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), French violin, circa 1820  - back
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violon francais de maitre, Mirecourt
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violon francais de maitre, Mirecourt
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violino francese di maestro, 1820 circa
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violino francese di maestro, 1820 circa
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé)
Length of back: 36.3 cm
Year: approx. 1820
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Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), French violin, circa 1820

This exceptionally lovely early 19th century violin made by the influential Mirecourt luthier Didier Nicolas L'Ainé is a very personal master instrument which must have been crafted in the final years before his death in 1833. The handwritten signature on the inside of the body confirms that it is the work of his hands; a signature that was reserved exclusively for master works by Didier Nicolas himself. At the same time, there can be no doubt about its provenance, given the defining characteristic details and the flawless quality of the instrument’s execution: the finely crafted purfling is the unmistakable expression of the master’s personal style, as is the premium light-brown spirit oil varnish which has developed a wonderful historic patina over the course of the decades. Expressive traces of use can be attributed to generations of technically accomplished musicians who played it extensively. This violin is in well-kept condition, with one minor wrepair covered by the chinrest, and the experts at our restoration studio set it up thoroughly and made it ready to play. Its large, sophisticated and warm sound gives it a mature voice full of sweetness – an instrument to fall in love with, a recommendation which speaks for itself.

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