A Well Preserved Violin By Jacques Barbe In Mirecourt, C. 1840.
A well preserved example of 19th century French violin making by (Francois) Jacques Barbe (1797-1871), crafted after his time traveling as a Cantineer in one of Napoleon’s regiments; Mirecourt. He used a number of labels and iron brand stamps, of which this violin bears two: branded “J. Barbe” to the inside of the back and to the underside of the table, beside the original bass bar. Clean and characterful work on a flat Stradivari model, dating close to 1840. Altogether commendable, but outshined by his more illustrious son, Telesphore Amiable Barbe, who collaborated with and made instruments for J. B. Vuillaume.