Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume

photo: Waldemar Kielichowski © Institute of Music and Dance, Warsaw

Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume

Instrument: violin

Classification: 3 Chordophones / 32 Composite chordophones / 321 Lutes / 321.3 Handle lutes / 321.32 Necked lutes / 321.322 Necked box lutes or necked guitars / 321.322-71 Necked box lutes or necked guitarswith a bow

Violin maker: Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume

Date: second half of the 19th c.

Town: Paris

Country: France

Owner: Ministry of Culture and National Heritage’s Collection of Violins

Inventory number: KIL-42, identification no. MKiS XV-C-42

Provenance: bought on 2 Dec. 1964 from Hanna Mischal from Warsaw, who claimed the instrument had been bought in France before 1915 and used only a little by a wealthy family member and music lover

Description: classic A. Stradivari model; two-piece spruce belly with rather thin winter graining, two-piece flame maple back; transparent, oil-and-resin varnish in orange-red shades; full, melodious and very noble, even sound; for solo and ensemble performance; maintenance: E. Gosiewski, 1967

Inscriptions: printed label reading: Jean Babtiste Vuillaume / a Paris 3 rue Demours-Ternes / 18.. / (signature)

Measurements: body length 360 mm, upper bout 164 mm, lower bout 205 mm

Materials: spruce, sycamore, rosewood, ebony

Catalog card: based on the Union of Polish Artist Violin Makers’ documentation

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