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Pierre Paul Marchal violin
Pierre Paul Marchal violin
Pierre Paul Marchal violin
Pierre Paul Marchal violin back
Pierre Paul Marchal violin back
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Pierre Paul Marchal violin ribs
Pierre Paul Marchal violin scroll
Pierre Paul Marchal violin scroll
Inventory No.: 4833
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Pierre Paul Marchal
Length of back: 35.6 cm
Year: late 18th century

18th century French violin, Pierre Paul Marchal

This French violin is an interesting workshop piece by Pierre Paul Marchal, the son of a wide-ranging family of Mirecourt luthiers whose name has also been documented as Marechal and Mareschal. As a trade instrument, this late 18th century violin gives us an impression of the older craftsman traditions of this historic instrument-making town, and with its attractive appearance and its well-defined tonal attributes, it is a worthy representative of common French musical culture of its time. The finely-grained spruce of the top and the wonderfully gentle flames of the two-piece maple back under a darkened varnish give this violin its enigmatic historic character. In light of its advanced age, its outstanding condition is surprising; its extremely affordable price is due to a well-executed professional repair to the back joint and a repair to the top which we reinforced, both of which have no effect whatsoever on the sound of this rare violin, which is now ready to play. A highly recommendable instrument, its warm and mature voice has a rich range with a slightly silvery note that gives it a sophisticated lustre.

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