Paul Bailly – French violin dated 1890 from his London period

Paul Bailly (1844-1907) is not a distinctive luminary in the French violin making of the late 19th century merely because of the remarkable quality of his instruments; he is also esteemed because of the cosmopolitan character of his work, especially from around 1880 onward. The 1890 violin presented here is an outstanding example.

Paul Bailly was on his way home after a...

Paul Bailly (1844-1907) is not a distinctive luminary in the French violin making of the late 19th century merely because of the remarkable quality of his instruments; he is also esteemed because of the cosmopolitan character of his work, especially from around 1880 onward. The 1890 violin presented here is an outstanding example.

Paul Bailly was on his way home after a long period of being a wandering journeyman when he crafted this violin in 1890. He had spent the previous decades travelling the violin-making world in a way that only few of the contemporaries in his guild could: after training under Jules Gaillard in his home town of Mirecourt, he perfected his art at a large number of top-tier French workshops and worked for Prosper Cabasse, Prosper Gérard Grandjon and the brothers François and Jean Baptiste Vuillaume. Furthermore, he became a luthier of the music academy of Douai and enjoyed successes in Great Britain and the USA before settling down in Paris in 1894. After these excursions into styles and acoustic profiles of different countries and traditions, he produced this piece during his second stay in London, an instrument which not only reflects exquisite craftsmanship but also an extremely rare degree of musical maturity. A frequently played instrument, the violin has spent over 100 years in the hands of excellent violinists. Its light brown varnish with charming shimmering hints of orange merges beautifully with the striking grain of the moderate to broad grain of the spruce top as well as the wide flames of the two-piece maple back, resulting in a breathtakingly lovely historic aesthetic. This Paul Bailly violin has been kept in excellent condition with only a few traces of use along the lower edge that are quite typical for an instrument of its age. It has a magnificent acoustic profile and is now ready to play after being meticulously set up by the specialists at our workshop for restoration. Bailly‘s original label, his personal signature inside the body and an original receipt from the renowned London atelier of John & Arthur Beare all confirm the authenticity of this violin, whose large sound also inspires professional musicians in our day with its maturity, radiance and warmth.

€ 16,900.00
approx. $ 18,928.00
€19,900.00
Inventory no.
5999
Maker
Paul Bailly
Provenance
London
Year
1890
Tone
dark, silvery
Length of back
35.6 cm
Paul Bailly violin
Paul Bailly – French violin dated 1890 from his London period
Paul Bailly – French violin dated 1890 from his London period
Paul Bailly – French violin dated 1890 from his London period
Paul Bailly – French violin dated 1890 from his London period
Paul Bailly – French violin dated 1890 from his London period
Zertifikat / Kaufbeleg Paul Bailly
Fig. |