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Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violin - spruce top
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violin - spruce top
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violin - spruce top
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violin - back
Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violin - back
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé)
Length of back: 36.3 cm
Year: approx. 1835
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Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violin, approx. 1835 (certificate W.E. Hill & Sons)

This antique violin is an unmistakable instrument from Mirecourt, the French "capital of violin making". It was crafted in the early-19th century, approx. 1830 - 1840. Its style immediately reveals a heritage from the ateliers of Didier Nicolas (L‘ainé [“the elder”]), as evidenced by the typical model and its original stamp inside the body - and its very powerful sound — properties for which L‘ainé instruments are known and appreciated. Its quality can be seen in the one-piece back and the distinctive sound has well as the scroll, which is very French in nature. The bright, golden-orange varnish has an attractive light patina. This is a distinguished historic instrument that is very responsive. It is in excellent condition with a slight repair to the peg box and some minor restoration only. Its sound is exceptionally powerful and ideal for soloist performance; elegant and mature, it features a fluid resonance and great precision, full of character and balanced across all of the strings. The violin is sold with a 1942 certificate by W.E. Hill & Sons.

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