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Violin by H. Clotelle, Mirecourt, around 1900
Violin by H. Clotelle, Mirecourt, around 1900
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: H. Clotelle
Length of back: 35.9 cm
Year: approx. 1900
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Violin by the Mirecourt luthier H. Clotelle, approx. 1900

The Mirecourt luthier H. Clotelle built this elegant French violin around 1900. Clotelle was mainly working for the important manufacturer and trader Labert-Humbert Frères, but he could sell at least a part of his works with his own label. This Clotelle violin is presenting the features that are responsible for the great international success of violins from Mirecourt: a specific sense for aesthetic appearance, with a gentle but high arching, fine purfling, that is inlayed very near to the tender edges, blackened edges of the fine scroll as it is typical French style, and a very good selection of tonewoods, especially the beautifully flamed maple of the two-piece back. In addition to the optical appearance the violin features very good acoustic qualities: You will love the light and open sound, which is a little sweet in the upper ranges, but rounded and in the lower, with good volume and a soft undertone. A joy obviously felt by the instrument´s former owners, too, as traces of use on the golden-brown varnish clearly indicate. We are offering this violin in perfect condition, completely and professionally worked over, with new rosewood pegs, tailpiece and chinrest.

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