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4/4 size violins of French provenance
     
   
     
Beautiful old French violin labeled Caressa & Francais 1907   Nº 130
caressa francais   Beautiful old French violin labeled Caressa & Francais 1907, numbered 208. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows a firmly glued line on the left soundhole, but no open cracks or open seams, and only minor marks in its old varnish. The table is finely grained spruce and the back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensely flamed maple. Like always the instrument has been checked by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new setup with newly fitted elder ebony pegs, new ebony tailpiece & chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2", body 35,5 cm / 14.1", vibrating chord length 33 cm / 13", weight 505 gr / ~17.8 oz
     
     
Fine old French violin N. E. Simoutre 1896   Nº 170
simoutre  

Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!

SOLD !

     
     
Beautiful fine old 19th century master violin by Francois Contal I   Nº 154
 

Beautiful fine old 19th century master violin by Francois Contal I around 1830. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! Finely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows a repair at the pegbox (see the repair label dated 1865), but no open cracks or open seams. The table is medium to fine grained spruce and the 1-piece back is nicely flamed maple. Like always the instrument has been completely checked by our luthier and by our violin player on playability. It received new setup with newly fitted elder ebony pegs, elder tailpiece, new ebony chinrest, a new bridge and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.4", body 36,3 cm / 14.3", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 463 gr / ~16.33 oz.

EUR 4,287.24

     
     
Fine old French master violin Didier Nicolas l'Aine around 1830   Nº 192
Didier Nicolas  

Beautiful fine old 19th century master violin by Didier Nicolas l'Aine around 1830. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! Finely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows the typical signs of age, but no open cracks or open seams. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back is nicely flamed maple. Like always the instrument has been completely checked by our luthier and by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new setup with new ebony pegs, elder tailpiece, new ebony chinrest, a newly fitted bridge, new soundpost and new strings.. Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.4", body 35,7 cm / 14.1", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 524 gr / ~18.48 oz.

EUR 3,034.31

     
     
FINE OLD FRENCH MASTER VIOLIN GEORGES APPARUT   Nº 542
georges apparut violin  

Fine old French master violin by Georges Apparut around 1930 - stamped inside the body and on the lower back. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. The table is finely grained spruce and the 2-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been revised by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. It received new ebony pegs, new ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2", body 35,6 cm / 14", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 503 gr / ~17.7 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

EUR 5,247.00

 

     
     
FINE OLD FRENCH MASTER VIOLIN BOURGUIGNON 1925    Nº 858
maurice Bourguignon violin  

Fine old French master violin - Maurice Bourguignon dated 1925. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. Nicely carved scroll with decorative purling and accurately inlaid purfling on front and back table. Branded on the upper back *J*A*F*, presumably the initals of the 1st owner. The table is medium to fine grained spruce and the highly arched 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been revised by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new ebony pegs, elder ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 60 cm / 23.6", body 36,6 cm / 14.4", vibrating chord length 33 cm / 13", weight 570 gr / ~20.1 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

EUR 6,999.00

     
19th CENTURY FRENCH MASTER VIOLIN GEORGE CHANOT   Nº 831
chanod violin  

Rare fine old French master violin - George Chanot workshop around late 1800s. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. Masterly carved reversed scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. The table is medium to fine grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensively flamed maple. Ebony fingerboard and pegs with mother-of-pearl inlays. The instrument has been revised by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new set-up with a new ebony chinrest, a newly fitted bridge, new soundpost and new gut strings (except of the steel E-string). Very rare old French master violin in immediate playing condition! total 59 cm / 23.2", body 36,8 cm / 14.5", vibrating chord length 33 cm / 13", weight 468 gr / ~16.5 oz. Alternatively the violin could also be mounted with a normal tailpiece.

SOLD to one of our clients in CT/USA !

     
Fine old French 18th century master violin - Charles J. Heinle 1764   Nº 276

Heinle violin

 

Fine old French 18th century master violin - Charles J. Heinle 1764. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos as part of the description! Nicely carved scroll ( grafted to the neck ) and accurately inlaid purfling. Outstanding antique instrument with a wonderful sound. It was completely worked over in our workshop. It shows numerous former repairs, but no open cracks or open seams, and surely some minor marks in it´s old amber varnish due to its age. The scroll has been grafted. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensively flamed maple. It received new set up with refitted ebony pegs, an elder ebony tailpiece, a newly fitted bridge, new soundpost and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2", body 35,7 cm / 14.1", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 447 gr / ~15.7 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

SOLD to one of our clients in AUSTRALIA !

     
Fine old French 19th century violin   Nº 429
 

Very well crafted masterpiece - presumably French origin around 2nd half 1800s. Please listen to the video / soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos as part of the description! Nicely carved scroll, which has been masterly grafted to the slim neck and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams, but surely some marks in it´s old amber varnish. The table is finely grained spruce and the 2-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensely flamed maple. Like always the violin has been checked by our luthier and by our violin player on playability. In our worshop it received a new set up with new ebony pegs, new ebony tailpiece, new ebony chinrest, a new bridge, and new strings. Immediate playing condition! Measures aprox.: total 58 cm / 22.8", body 35,2 cm / 13.8", vibrating chord length 32 cm / 12.6", width of the upper nut 1,9 cm / 0.75", weight 472 gr / ~16.6 oz.

SOLD to one of our clients in CANADA !

     
Old French master violin by Georges Apparut   Nº 461
Georges Apparut violin  

Authentic old French master violin by Georges Apparut around 1930 - stamped 2 x inside the body and on the upper back.

Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!

Georges Apparut was for many years an award winning and much sought after luthier, in the earlier decades of the 20th century. His workshop employed a number of France's finest luthiers, many going on to become stars in their own right. Apparut's violins were prized by French soloist for their warmth of tone and easy projection. This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. A crack in the lower treble rib has been repaired in our workshop ( see detailed photo! ). Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been completely restored by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. It received new ebony pegs, new ebony fingerboard, an  ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new stringsThese are new silver wound steel core strings with good projection, easy to play while allowing rapid performance. We use these strings on mostly all of our violins to allow a comparison of the tonality of each instrument in the videos. In any case a new owner should consider any other renowned brand of higher quality strings of own personal preference to enhance the full tonal character of this violin!.Very good old French master violin in immediate playing condition! Great sound - listen to the sound on youtube ! Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.42", body 36 cm / 14.17", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 521 gr / ~18.4 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

SOLD to one of our clients in PA/USA !

 

     
Old French master violin by Charles-Francois Charotte 1930   nº 540
 

An excellent old French master violin by Charles-Francois Charotte 1930 - stamped inside on the back and on the upper block.

Please click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos as part of the description!  Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been completely restored by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. It received new ebony pegs, new ebony fingerboard, an  ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new strings. These are new silver wound steel core strings, which have a good projection and allow quick finger action. We use these strings on mostly all of our violins, to allow a comparison of the tonality of each instrument in the videos. We would recommend higher quality strings like Pirastro Eudoxa or Gold, Warchal Brillant, Larsen etc. to enhance the full character of this violin!
Very good old French master violin in immediate playing condition! Great sound - listen to the sound on youtube ! Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.4', body 35 cm / 13.8', vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 13.79', weight 497 gr / ~17.6 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask
.

EUR 6487

 

 

     
Rare old French master violin around 2nd half 1800.   Nº 241
 

Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This master violin is a fine selection for professional musicians. It was made by an unknown master in the 2nd half 19th century, presumably French. Aestheticly selected tone woods, masterly carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling shows the skilled craftsmanship of an experienced luthier. The elder repairs and touch-ups are an eloquent testimony to the appreciation that musicians have shown to this intensely-played historic instrument in the course of its approximately 150 years. This beautiful violin shows now no open cracks or open seams. The table is extremely fine grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Like always the violin has been checked by our luthiers and by our violinist on playability. In our workshop all pegholes have been bushed, and it received a plating above the right A- and D-peghole, new ebony pegs, an elder ebony tailpiece, an old ebony chinrest, a new bridge and new strings. These are new silver wound steel core strings with good projection, allowing quick finger performance. We use these strings on mostly all of our violins, to allow a comparison of the tonality of each instrument in the videos. We would recommend higher quality strings like Pirastro Eudoxa or Gold, Warchal Brillant, Larsen etc. to enhance the full character of this violin!

Good antique quality instrument in immediate playing condition! Great mature sound - listen to the sound on youtube ! Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2', body 35,6 cm / 14', vibrating chord length 32,8 cm / 12.9', weight 459 gr / ~16.2 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

EUR 2282

     
     
     
     
     
caressa francais   Beautiful old French violin labeled Caressa & Francais 1907, numbered 208. Please listen to the video/soundfile & scroll down to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows a firmly glued line on the left soundhole, but no open cracks or open seams, and only minor marks in its old varnish. The table is finely grained spruce and the back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensely flamed maple. Like always the instrument has been checked by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new setup with newly fitted elder ebony pegs, new ebony tailpiece & chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2", body 35,5 cm / 14.1", vibrating chord length 33 cm / 13", weight 505 gr / ~17.8 oz
     
     
Fine old French violin N. E. Simoutre 1896   Nº 170
simoutre   Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!
     
     
Beautiful fine old 19th century master violin by Francois Contal I   Nº 154
 

Beautiful fine old 19th century master violin by Francois Contal I around 1830. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! Finely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows a repair at the pegbox (see the repair label dated 1865), but no open cracks or open seams. The table is medium to fine grained spruce and the 1-piece back is nicely flamed maple. Like always the instrument has been completely checked by our luthier and by our violin player on playability. It received new setup with newly fitted elder ebony pegs, elder tailpiece, new ebony chinrest, a new bridge and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.4", body 36,3 cm / 14.3", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 463 gr / ~16.33 oz.

EUR 4,287.24

     
     
Fine old French master violin Didier Nicolas l'Aine around 1830   Nº 192
Didier Nicolas  

Beautiful fine old 19th century master violin by Didier Nicolas l'Aine around 1830. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! Finely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows the typical signs of age, but no open cracks or open seams. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back is nicely flamed maple. Like always the instrument has been completely checked by our luthier and by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new setup with new ebony pegs, elder tailpiece, new ebony chinrest, a newly fitted bridge, new soundpost and new strings.. Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.4", body 35,7 cm / 14.1", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 524 gr / ~18.48 oz.

EUR 3,034.31

     
     
FINE OLD FRENCH MASTER VIOLIN GEORGES APPARUT   Nº 542
georges apparut violin  

Fine old French master violin by Georges Apparut around 1930 - stamped inside the body and on the lower back. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. The table is finely grained spruce and the 2-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been revised by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. It received new ebony pegs, new ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2", body 35,6 cm / 14", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 503 gr / ~17.7 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

EUR 5,247.00

 

     
     
FINE OLD FRENCH MASTER VIOLIN BOURGUIGNON 1925    Nº 858
maurice Bourguignon violin  

Fine old French master violin - Maurice Bourguignon dated 1925. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. Nicely carved scroll with decorative purling and accurately inlaid purfling on front and back table. Branded on the upper back *J*A*F*, presumably the initals of the 1st owner. The table is medium to fine grained spruce and the highly arched 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been revised by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new ebony pegs, elder ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 60 cm / 23.6", body 36,6 cm / 14.4", vibrating chord length 33 cm / 13", weight 570 gr / ~20.1 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

EUR 6,999.00

     
19th CENTURY FRENCH MASTER VIOLIN GEORGE CHANOT   Nº 831
chanod violin  

Rare fine old French master violin - George Chanot workshop around late 1800s. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. Masterly carved reversed scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. The table is medium to fine grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensively flamed maple. Ebony fingerboard and pegs with mother-of-pearl inlays. The instrument has been revised by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. In our workshop it received new set-up with a new ebony chinrest, a newly fitted bridge, new soundpost and new gut strings (except of the steel E-string). Very rare old French master violin in immediate playing condition! total 59 cm / 23.2", body 36,8 cm / 14.5", vibrating chord length 33 cm / 13", weight 468 gr / ~16.5 oz. Alternatively the violin could also be mounted with a normal tailpiece.

SOLD to one of our clients in CT/USA !

     
Fine old French 18th century master violin - Charles J. Heinle 1764   Nº 276

Heinle violin

 

Fine old French 18th century master violin - Charles J. Heinle 1764. Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos as part of the description! Nicely carved scroll ( grafted to the neck ) and accurately inlaid purfling. Outstanding antique instrument with a wonderful sound. It was completely worked over in our workshop. It shows numerous former repairs, but no open cracks or open seams, and surely some minor marks in it´s old amber varnish due to its age. The scroll has been grafted. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensively flamed maple. It received new set up with refitted ebony pegs, an elder ebony tailpiece, a newly fitted bridge, new soundpost and new strings. Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2", body 35,7 cm / 14.1", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 447 gr / ~15.7 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

SOLD to one of our clients in AUSTRALIA !

     
Fine old French 19th century violin   Nº 429
 

Very well crafted masterpiece - presumably French origin around 2nd half 1800s. Please listen to the video / soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos as part of the description! Nicely carved scroll, which has been masterly grafted to the slim neck and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams, but surely some marks in it´s old amber varnish. The table is finely grained spruce and the 2-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is intensely flamed maple. Like always the violin has been checked by our luthier and by our violin player on playability. In our worshop it received a new set up with new ebony pegs, new ebony tailpiece, new ebony chinrest, a new bridge, and new strings. Immediate playing condition! Measures aprox.: total 58 cm / 22.8", body 35,2 cm / 13.8", vibrating chord length 32 cm / 12.6", width of the upper nut 1,9 cm / 0.75", weight 472 gr / ~16.6 oz.

SOLD to one of our clients in CANADA !

     
Old French master violin by Georges Apparut   Nº 461
Georges Apparut violin  

Authentic old French master violin by Georges Apparut around 1930 - stamped 2 x inside the body and on the upper back.

Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description!

Georges Apparut was for many years an award winning and much sought after luthier, in the earlier decades of the 20th century. His workshop employed a number of France's finest luthiers, many going on to become stars in their own right. Apparut's violins were prized by French soloist for their warmth of tone and easy projection. This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. A crack in the lower treble rib has been repaired in our workshop ( see detailed photo! ). Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been completely restored by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. It received new ebony pegs, new ebony fingerboard, an  ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new stringsThese are new silver wound steel core strings with good projection, easy to play while allowing rapid performance. We use these strings on mostly all of our violins to allow a comparison of the tonality of each instrument in the videos. In any case a new owner should consider any other renowned brand of higher quality strings of own personal preference to enhance the full tonal character of this violin!.Very good old French master violin in immediate playing condition! Great sound - listen to the sound on youtube ! Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.42", body 36 cm / 14.17", vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 12.8", weight 521 gr / ~18.4 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

SOLD to one of our clients in PA/USA !

 

     
Old French master violin by Charles-Francois Charotte 1930   nº 540
 

An excellent old French master violin by Charles-Francois Charotte 1930 - stamped inside on the back and on the upper block.

Please click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos as part of the description!  Nicely carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling. This beautiful violin shows no open cracks or open seams. The table is finely grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Pegs, fingerboard, tailpiece and chinrest are ebony. The instrument has been completely restored by our luthiers and checked by our violin player on playability. It received new ebony pegs, new ebony fingerboard, an  ebony tailpiece, an ebony chinrest, a new bridge, new soundpost and new strings. These are new silver wound steel core strings, which have a good projection and allow quick finger action. We use these strings on mostly all of our violins, to allow a comparison of the tonality of each instrument in the videos. We would recommend higher quality strings like Pirastro Eudoxa or Gold, Warchal Brillant, Larsen etc. to enhance the full character of this violin!
Very good old French master violin in immediate playing condition! Great sound - listen to the sound on youtube ! Measures aprox.: total 59,5 cm / 23.4', body 35 cm / 13.8', vibrating chord length 32,5 cm / 13.79', weight 497 gr / ~17.6 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask
.

EUR 6487

 

 

     
Rare old French master violin around 2nd half 1800.   Nº 241
 

Please listen to the video/soundfile & click on the image to see all detailed XXL photos below as part of the description! This master violin is a fine selection for professional musicians. It was made by an unknown master in the 2nd half 19th century, presumably French. Aestheticly selected tone woods, masterly carved scroll and accurately inlaid purfling shows the skilled craftsmanship of an experienced luthier. The elder repairs and touch-ups are an eloquent testimony to the appreciation that musicians have shown to this intensely-played historic instrument in the course of its approximately 150 years. This beautiful violin shows now no open cracks or open seams. The table is extremely fine grained spruce and the 1-piece back, as well as ribs and neck, is nicely flamed maple. Like always the violin has been checked by our luthiers and by our violinist on playability. In our workshop all pegholes have been bushed, and it received a plating above the right A- and D-peghole, new ebony pegs, an elder ebony tailpiece, an old ebony chinrest, a new bridge and new strings. These are new silver wound steel core strings with good projection, allowing quick finger performance. We use these strings on mostly all of our violins, to allow a comparison of the tonality of each instrument in the videos. We would recommend higher quality strings like Pirastro Eudoxa or Gold, Warchal Brillant, Larsen etc. to enhance the full character of this violin!

Good antique quality instrument in immediate playing condition! Great mature sound - listen to the sound on youtube ! Measures aprox.: total 59 cm / 23.2', body 35,6 cm / 14', vibrating chord length 32,8 cm / 12.9', weight 459 gr / ~16.2 oz. For further questions please feel free to ask.

EUR 2282