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WP27 - Violin by Paul Blanchard


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Product Code WP27
Sound Clip

The decorative label is inscribed:

Aubry label

Has the PB monogram on the left and the Lyons City Arms on the right.
The violin is branded inside on the middle back seam P.Blanchard à Lyon, on the upper block and monogramed below the tailpin.
The violin is further signed in ink inside on the right upper bout, both on the front and back.

This instrument has a certificate of provenance from
Jean Jacques Rampal 
Expert Près La Cour d'Appel de Paris.

A superb violin from an important maker! The condition is good but there are some marks to the varnish, the edges and a smal rib repair to the right hand C bout so not perfect but considering this violin is 126 years old it is pretty good! Paul Blanchard was one of the finest French makers, we are privileged to have one of his instruments. He was born in Mirecourt in 1851 and studied under Auguste Darte who taught him the Vuillaume principles, he also worked with Silvestre in Lyon. This is one of his earlier examples which was his best work. The back is two piece, length: 14.1/16 inches (35.7 cm) with a nice strong flame to the maple, the front is very straight grained spruce and the violin is finished in the Blanchard rich red oil varnish. The fittings are in rosewood and a new set of Obligato strings have been fitted. Supplied in a new lightweight case. A lovely instrument to play, it has a beautiful rich, smooth haunting tone. William Henley in his "Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers" devotes nearly a whole page to this great maker! A very special violin for a Professional player!