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A Paul Didier Violin made in 1935 in excellent condition.

A quality instrument in excellent condition supplied with a Jean-Jaques Rampal certificate of provenance.

Paul Didier

Paul Didier was born in 1908 in Mirecourt, France. Started instrument making at the age of 14 with his father Marius Didier, the director of the artistic workshop at J. Thibouville-Lamy. His workmanship & use of the Italian masters as models earned him several gold medals at exhibitions in Paris, Toulouge and Sens.

Paul Didier Violin

Paul Didier is described in Henley's Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow makers as making 'Reproductions of old Italian types. Splendid workmanship. Orange, or shaded reddish brown varnish, masterly applied.'

This is a very good example of such fine work and both a good investment and a fine instrument to play. It has a two piece maple back of medium, faint flame, slightly descending towards the edges and supplied with new Dominant strings in new oblong case.

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Jules Merciolle Violin circa 1930

A beautifully made violin by French Luthier Jules Meciolle.

Jules Merciolle

Jules Merciolle was born in Mirecourt, France in 1881. He was a pupil of Grillon perfecting his art with G. Bernardel and Caressa and Francois in Paris where he established his own premises in 1911. Described in Henleys Dictionary of Violins as producing 'absolutely faithful reproductions enhanced by irreproachable workmanship'


An excellent example ofJules Merciolle's work it is beautifully made and finished in a lustrous red / brown varnish. The instrument has a 2 piece back and finely grained top / table.

Supplied with all new ebony tail piece and chin rest, Dominant strings and shipped in a new oblong case, the violin would suite an advanced player.

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Nicolas Lupot copy circa 1930 by Laberte-Humbert, France.

A quality instrument in excellent condition supplied with a Jean-Jaques Rampal certificate of provenance.

Laberte Humbert

Laberte Humbert produced a large range of instruments and bows of consistent quality. It employed over 300 people by 1920 and is well known for the many skilled craftsmen that worked there, including Camille Poirson, Charles Brugere, and Georges Apparut each of whom became well known as top makers in their lifetime.

Paul Didier Violin

This violin is a copy of a Nicolas Lupot violin of 1798 from the Laberte-Humberte workshops made around 1930. It has a dark brown varnish with a hint of orange. A 2 piece back and a fine grain spruce top give the instrument a look of some quality.

The instrument is in very good condition and is fitted with Pisastro Tonica strings and a Wittner fine tuner tail piece. Produces a full mellow tone.

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A Claude Thomassin bow, stamped 'C.Thomassin a Paris' & made around 1910.

A top quality French bow from the Mirecourt area of France supplied with a Jean-Jaques Rampal certificate of provenance.

Claude Thomassin

Thomassin has been called one of the best makers of his generation. In his early career, he worked for Gand & Bernadel and in 1901 set up his own atelier at Rue de Paris in Paris. Although he continued to produce bows for his former employers, much of his output from 1901 onwards was branded with his name "Claude Thomassin" or "C.Thomassin à Paris".

Claude Thomassin Bow

This particular bow is in a good condition and has recently been re-haired. It is a mid brown colour with various marks on the head and a scratch line near the wrapping. The stick is slightly worn above the frog. Balance point is 25.1 cm from the adjuster end.

The bow weighs 59gm, has a round pernambucco stick & is nickel mounted. Made over a century ago in 1910, the bow continues to play beautifully.

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