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Nicolas Augustin Chappuy (workshop) – violin from around 1780

Nicolas Augustin Chappuy was one of the most productive luthiers in 18th century Mirecourt, and this French violin from his workshop reveals the secrets of his truly successful oeuvre.

Nicolas Augustin Chappuy and Didier l‘Ainé Nicolas were born within the same generation, and yet these two influential personalities each represent very different epochs in the...

Nicolas Augustin Chappuy was one of the most productive luthiers in 18th century Mirecourt, and this French violin from his workshop reveals the secrets of his truly successful oeuvre.

Nicolas Augustin Chappuy and Didier l‘Ainé Nicolas were born within the same generation, and yet these two influential personalities each represent very different epochs in the history of violin making in Mirecourt. Whereas l‘Ainé is considered the founder of instrument factories in his hometown, if not industrial violin manufacturing, Chappuy stood for traditional artisanry, and he redefined the possibilities of these traditions in his flourishing workshop while also displaying a confident sense of what the market wanted. The typically French violin offered here is a solid example of Chappuy’s rational focus on essentials, an approach which was an important cornerstone of his success. As an instrument which was crafted in the late 18th century a few years before Chappuy’s death, this violin shows his masterful ability to combine excellent sound properties with design details which he deliberately kept simple; nevertheless, Chappuy still managed to integrate the distinctive character of hand-crafted instruments, which is evident here in features such as the accentuated broad edges and the expressive scroll. A grafted scroll and well-executed repair on the top near the left sound hole are both not uncommon in an a well-played instrument of this advanced age. After having been carefully set up and made ready to play by the specialists at our workshop, this professional French violin is now in premium condition and ready to play, eager to express the full potential of its large, powerful and mature sound.

Inventory no.
5824
Maker
Nicolas Augustin Chappuy
Provenance
Mirecourt
Year
circa 1780
Tone
warm, dark, mature, full of character
Length of back
36.2 cm
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