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Atelier Léon Mougenot 1923, French violin
Atelier Léon Mougenot 1923, French violin
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Léon Mougenot Atelier
Length of back: 35.7 cm
Year: 1924
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Atelier Léon Mougenot 1923, French violin

Léon Victor Mougenot was one of the most influential figures in the field of modern artisan violin making in France. This violin, which was made in his atelier in 1924, features the original “Leon Mougenot-Gauché” label and is an impressive example of the art pursued in his atelier. Whilst the instrument factories in Mirecourt were thriving and flourishing, Leon Mougenot was winning over outstanding apprentices and employees to his studio, luthiers who felt strongly bound to the standards of the historic Italian masters as well as the French tradition of Lupot and Vuillaume. His school served as the point of origin for such noteworthy masters as Jean Striebig and the brothers Giacomo and Léandro Bisiach; it was also the birthplace of expressive pieces such as this violin, which was built with extraordinary accuracy. Its narrow sound holes and delicate purfling reflect the finest craftsmanship and emphasise the somewhat feminine character of the elegantly carved scroll. This French violin has been maintained in top condition, with one very minor repair at the right lower edge on top that has no effect on the sound whatsoever. The violin was - like all stringed instruments from Corilon violins - very carefully set up and made ready to play in our specialist atelier for restoration. The lustrous oil varnish applied to the golden-yellow wood with subtle antiqueings and with slight traces of use which indicate the instrument's musical virtues at a glance. Based on a model by Stradivari, its special strength is its brilliant, clear sound, which has a clarity and power that will meet the highest standards.

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