Fine Guarneri Model Violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, 1855

Fine Guarneri Model Violin by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, 1855

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    J. B. Vuillaume
    Guarneri Model

    Length of Back: 358 mm
    Upper Bout: 169 mm
    Lower Bout: 209 mm

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    About this Instrument

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    This exquisite violin is a fine and characteristic example of the renowned craftsmanship of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume, hailing from the heart of Parisian musical artisanship. Vuillaume, celebrated for his exceptional contributions to the world of string instruments, crafted this piece in 1855, one of his most distinguished making periods.

    The instrument bears the original label of Vuillaume from the historic rue des Petits-Champs, solidifying its authenticity and distinguished origins. It features the maker's serial number, 2029, and his signature, elegantly inscribed within the interior of the back.


    This impressive and brilliant violin has a formidable sound. It is extremely powerful but loses nothing in terms of richness and depth. With a crystal clear sound, the player can dig in and express themself to their full potential. The response is extremely fast, as is the sound production, making this a very attractive instrument for a soloist. The violin is also remarkably balanced; from the bottom of G string all the way to the top of the register, it feels like a continuous line of sound. Despite its power, a wide range of colours is still at the player's disposal, making the instrument able to negotiate many different types of repertoire.


    • Back : Crafted from a singular piece of exquisitely figured maple, cut just on the quarter. The wood showcases medium-width flames that ascend from left to right.
    • Sides and Scroll: The sides of the violin exhibit narrower flames, complementing the back's design while the scroll features faint flames of narrow width.
    • Table: The table, formed from two pieces of select spruce, displays a medium grain at the center, which elegantly broadens towards the flanks;
    • Varnish: The violin is enveloped in a rich amber-brown varnish laid over a lighter base, creating a visual depth and luster that has aged gracefully over time.


    This violin is modelled after Guarneri del Gesu. Vuillaume's Guarneri copies are extremely rare and they are therefore even more sought-after than his Stradivari models.

    It stands as a very fine example of Vuillaume's work. Its excellent condititon, coupled with the rarity of the model, makes it a highly desirable piece for collectors and musicians alike.

    This 1855 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin, with its rich historical context and superb craftsmanship, represents not only a high-quality musical instrument but also a piece of art history. It is a testament to the enduring legacy of one of the greatest violin makers of the 19th century.

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