Acoulon & Blondelet “Sarasate” Violin From JTL, Circa 1908-1914.
This Sarasate-Artiste violin from JTL dates to the early 20th century and bears an interior label for Acoulon & Blondelet. Hughes Emile Blondelet (1875-1928) became Co—Director of the JTL workshop with Acoulon in 1908, with their joint label placed in their higher end productions. Whereas said line continued into the 40’s, this particular violin was most likely made between 1908-1914, and has a back length of 361.5mm. It presents in good condition, with minor wear to the varnish commensurate with its age and consistent use.
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