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cello by Collin-Mézin, 1923
cello by Collin-Mézin, 1923
cello by Collin-Mézin, 1923
cello by Collin-Mézin, 1923 - two piece maple back
cello by Collin-Mézin, 1923 - two piece maple back
cello ribs by Collin-Mézin, 1923
cello ribs by Collin-Mézin, 1923
cello scroll by Collin-Mézin, 1923
cello scroll by Collin-Mézin, 1923
Inventory No.: A113
Provenance: Mirecourt
Maker: Collin-Mézin fils
Length of back: 75.7 cm
Year: 1923

Fine French cello by Collin-Mézin, 1923 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)

Charles Collin-Mézin, one of the early 20th century’s leading French violin makers, created this stupendous instrument in 1923, and it occupies a special place in his oeuvre. This cello was made in the year his father, Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mézin, died; Collin-Mézin père was an award-winning Mirecourt luthier who had enjoyed major international successes in Paris from 1867 on and had an sterling reputation amongst the finest musicians of his day. His son grew up within this environment of the utmost musical and artisanal excellence, and well past the death of Collin-Mézin père, he continued operating the family business under the name Collin-Mézin fils, although in 1925 he moved it from Paris back to the family home of Mirecourt, the town with a rich tradition of violin making. Out of loyalty to his heritage, however, he continued to use labels that read Collin-Mézin père, as was the case on this cello’s label with a handwritten number and signature. The cello, which was made at the most important turning point in Charles Collin-Mézin’s life, serves as a benchmark of sorts in his oeuvre, given the fact that he was highly esteemed especially for his celli and basses. The thick coat of transparent orange-brown oil varnish is an important defining characteristic of his individual style which gives his instruments an Italian note without diluting their unmistakably French character. As his father’s student, Collin-Mézin fils demonstrated superior craftsmanship in the meticulously precise and detailed approach he took in every aspect of his work, including to the perfectly executed purfling in the deep-drawn beesting corners, the painstakingly carved and elegantly blackened scroll, and the masterful selection of the finest tone woods. The delightfully lovely deep flames of the maple used for the back and ribs is eye-catching in its beauty, rightfully drawing attention to an instrument with acoustic and playing properties that are exceptional. The cello’s previous owner was a professional musician, and it came to us from an estate in outstanding and undamaged condition. Our luthiers were won over by its mature sound with its refined clarity. The price includes a certificate of authenticity by German expert Hieronymus Köstler.

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