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Antique viola Mirecourt
Antique viola Mirecourt
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 37.7 cm
Year: 1820
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Antique 19th century Mirecourt viola (sold)

This early instrument was made in a time, in which the viola was still considered as a minor instrument of violin family. It is a small viola of remarkable quality, made in Mirecourt around 1820 on the model of Stradivaris with rather flat archings and a charcateristic scroll, typically cut in the French Mirecourt style of the time. The unknown maker who handcrafted the viola early in the 19th century did particularly well selecting the beautiful Vogesian woods with their interesting irregulair grains for their tonal qualities. The transparent gold-brown varnish is highly patinated and underlines the special beauty of the tonewoods. A neck repair, some repairs to the lower ribs and strong signs from playing indicate that this viola has been serving excellent players for many years.

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