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Lucien André Ragot, powerful French violin after Guarneri, c. 1940/1950

Lucien André Ragot, violin maker *1906 Mirecourt

This French violin by Lucien André Ragot is the aesthetically pleasing and magnificent-sounding work of a relatively unknown luthier who trained in the finest workshops in Mirecourt and won numerous awards for his work beginning in the 1930s.

Crafted around 1940-1950, this violin represents Lucien André Ragot’s...

Lucien André Ragot, violin maker *1906 Mirecourt

This French violin by Lucien André Ragot is the aesthetically pleasing and magnificent-sounding work of a relatively unknown luthier who trained in the finest workshops in Mirecourt and won numerous awards for his work beginning in the 1930s.

Crafted around 1940-1950, this violin represents Lucien André Ragot’s mature and distinctive Guarneri model and manifests his intense studies of the famous classically Italian template – whilst also acknowledging his roots in the Mirecourt workshops of Mougenot, Jacquet, Gand and Jacquemin, where he learned the modern art of French violin making at its highest standards. The 1930 first-place medal as France’s finest artisan, a silver medal in Brussels in 1931, a diploma in Den Haag in 1949 and the Grand Prix of the Paris exhibition all reflect the esteem which Lucien André Ragot enjoyed far beyond the boundaries of Céret, the city in the eastern Pyrénées where he made his home. Finely to moderately grained spruce for the top and strikingly flamed maple for the two-piece back, ribs and scroll all show at a glance that Ragot had access to outstanding tone woods in this region and was able to apply his refined sensitivities for aesthetic and acoustic quality as he chose them. A transparent glistening golden-yellow varnish highlights the appealing appearance of this Lucien André Ragot violin, and its authentic historic character can be seen in a few traces of use left behind by previous generations of good musicians. “L. A. Ragot“ appears on the button and the inside of the body as a brandmark confirming the provenence of this excellent instrument, which was kept in top condition. A minor repair was made to the top under the chin rest, and the specialists at our workshop for restoration have carefully set up the violin and made it ready to play. Its powerful, full sound with radiance in the lower registers is worthy of the historical source which inspired it, and demanding musicians will find in this violin a broad palette of options for interpreting violin literature of every epoch.

  • attractive French violin by Lucien Andre Ragot with original brand marks
  • made in Mirecourt around 1940/1940
  • Lucien André Ragot's personal model after Guarneri del Gesu
  • original L. A. Ragot brandings inside and on the bottom plate
  • Grand Prix Paris branding 
  • powerful and mature, dark radiant sound
  • transparent, golden-yellow shimmering varnish with orange tones
  • this L. A. Ragot violin is in very good condition with only a short repair to the top and chinrest
  • like all our violins it was made ready to play and approved by our violin makers
€ 3,990.00
approx. $ 4,708.20
Inventory no.
6175
Maker
Lucien Andre Ragot
Provenance
Mirecourt
Year
1940/1950
Tone
warm, dark, mature and clear
Length of back
35.9 cm
Lucien André Ragot, powerful French violin after Guarneri, c. 1940/1950
Lucien André Ragot, powerful French violin after Guarneri, c. 1940/1950
Lucien André Ragot, powerful French violin after Guarneri, c. 1940/1950
Lucien André Ragot, powerful French violin after Guarneri, c. 1940/1950
Lucien André Ragot, powerful French violin after Guarneri, c. 1940/1950
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