Here are some of the many violins sold by us during the last few years

Violin branded N.Ainé, circa 1860.
Most of the Nicolas Ainé violins were produced by the J.T.L. workshops and as such always carry the initials J.T.L. inside on the top block, however this instrument was earlier than the J.T.L. copies.
Fine quality violin by G.Apparut, dated 1935.

Son and pupil of Leon Apparut. Worked at the Ateliers of Blanchard at Lyons, 1896 - 1899 and with Mougenot at Brussels 1900 - 1903. Succeded to the business of Charotte at Mirecourt 1925. Obtained gold medals at Nancy, Brussels, Metz, Gand and Paris. Diplomas of honour at other exhibitions. Interesting and high finished productions of thoroughly good art. Established considerable fame in France, Belgium and America, soloists having been a powerful auxiliary in propagating his name. Several French virtuosi acknowledge the brilliant tone which enables them to excite astonishment and delight from an audience!
A Violin by F.Arnauld, circa 1900.
.Arnauld was one of the top class Mirecourt makers of his time. His work was considered to be exact in proportions and his instruments were sought after by virtuoso players of the Paris circuit. He only used the best, most highly figured timbers and paid considerable attention to detail.
William Atkinson was an English maker working from 1881 onwards in Tottenham, London. He produced two of his own styles of violin which generally featured a clear amber varnish, although the colour could vary from very pale to reddish brown. He died in 1929.
A fine violin by Louis Audinot, circa 1924.
Violins by this maker a quite hard to find. He was born in 1895 and worked in the Rue Truffaut, Paris. He was the son of the famous maker Victor Audinot.
A J.A.Baader violin, dated 1871.
The Baader workshop was set up in 1790 in Mittenwald and continued right through into the 1930's. They also made mandolins, guitars, lutes and zithers.
A fine quality violin by Jenny Bailly, circa 1915.

William Henley's Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers states the following about the maker:

Daughter, pupil and successor of Paul Bailly. Established at Paris 1900 - 1927. Violins, violas and cellos made entirely by hand - assemblage of details quite harmonious. Clever and faithful imitations of the Cremonas, Lupot and Vuillaume, neatest workmanship.

French violin by René Bailly, dated 1941.
A fine quality violin finished with an oil varnish, in almost mint condition by René Bailly (thought to be a descendant of Charles Bailly) . This violin was supplied with the original certificate of guarantee which was signed and dated .
A Barnabetti violin, circa 1890.
A good quality violin from the J.Thibouville-Lamy workshops . This is one of the top J.T.L. models of the time along with the Grandini model, they are becoming quite rare! Geronimo Barnabetti was working from 1854 onwards, initially on his own and then is thought to have worked in the Jerome Thibouville Lamy workshops at Mirecourt.
A Mirecourt violin, circa 1900 carrying an Italian sounding name, this was often done to make the violins more desirable. There was a Bassani and a Bassiano but Bassiani was probably a made up name or the name of an apprentice who wished to sound like an established Italian maker.
French violin by G.Bazin, circa 1900.

BAZIN Gustave born Mirecourt 1881. Son of Charles Bazin, worked for Collin-Mezin. Surmounted all the insuperable difficulties of violin and cello making. Splendid examples of French work. Of service to the best orchestral players. Very commendable varnish. Died 1920.

Quality violin from the L. Bernardel workshops, dated 1927.
Léon Bernadel was the name of both the grandson and great grandson of the eminent French violin maker Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernadel who was working at Paris in the first half of the 19th century and who was the first famous maker of the very highly regarded Bernadel violin making family Many excellent violins were made within the Bernadel workshops.
A decent Mirecourt violin by an unknown maker, he may have worked for the Humberte brothers..
A German violin labelled Gustave Bernstein, circa 1910.
Gustave Bernstein is probably a trade name, nevertheless this is a decent and well made instrument.
Nicolas Bertholini is a name which also appears as Bertholoni and Bertholin and is the source of some mystery. The violins are generally well made and usually 19th century or early 20th but it is unlikely that there ever was one man who had this name. The violins were probably made by one or more of the highly skilled craftsmen working at Mirecourt and just sold under the label Bertholini, most were pre-dated by 100 years.
Violin by Nicolas Bertolini, circa 1900.
Not to be confused with Nicolas Bertholini (note the H) these are workshop fiddles in the lower price ranges whereas this is a hand made violin by a good luthier.