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Amadee Dieudonne Violin, 1924, Paris

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A Stradivari pattern violin by the highly regarded French maker, Amadee Dieudonne. The tone is refined, brilliant and resonant. The two piece back is of flamed, medium width maple, cut on the quarter, with flaming descending from the center joint. The top is of clear, fine grained spruce. Varnish is orange-brown over a golden ground.

Amadee Dieudonne, born in Mirecourt in 1890, received his training from some of the great violin and bow makers of his day, including Gustave Bazin. He earned an outstanding reputation as a copyist of Italian master violins, which is reflected in the obvious care and precision of his works. Dieudonne was a prolific maker, sought after by players as well as by well-regarded firms, such as Moennig, Blanchard, Laberte and Millant, among others.

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Price: $10,000

Size: 4/4

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French Violin Making

Mirecourt: The Center of Violin Making in France

Although the precise beginning of violin making in the northeastern French commune of Mirecourt has been lost to obscurity, there is no question that some of the greatest violin makers in history lived and worked in Mirecourt. In the 1600s, there were perhaps 50 luthiers, as the city was just beginning to forge its reputation. Precise recordkeeping was instituted during the 18th century, a necessity of the guild system that was helping transform Western Europe into an economic powerhouse.

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Jean Baptiste Vuillaume

Standing alongside Amati, Stradivari and Guarneri as one of history's greatest and most influential violinmakers, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume possessed an unusual array of qualities unique in the violinmaking world. Born in the famous French violinmaking center of Mirecourt in 1798, Jean Baptiste learned his craft well, first from his father, later from Fr. Chanot.

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Parisian Violin Making

The heart and soul of French violin making is actually Mirecourt, which is around 100 miles from Paris. It was the birthplace of most of the great violin makers of France. There, the famous European guild system firmly took hold, providing the training, support and resources necessary to develop skilled luthiers and fine quality instruments.

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