French JTL Violin, First Half 20th C.
There are but a few firms who one might claim have contributed to and shaped our industry as much as that of JTL, a powerhouse of craftsmanship operating from 1857-1968, which produced as many as 150,000 instruments, bows, and other products yearly at its height and employed over 1000 craftsmen. Their extensive catalogue and collections serviced every niche of the classical music industry, ranging from commercial instruments a child might start their musical journey on to definitive works still honored and sought after today by performers and collectors alike, as well as everything you could imagine in between.
This clean 20th century French violin after Stradivarius from the Mirecourt workshops of Jerome Thibouville Lamy boasts a beautiful one piece back with a length of 359mm. Darker orange varnish over a golden ground, deepening into a reddish brown with attractive shading and black chamfering to the volutes of the scroll; the maple for the ribs and head matching the back, with tight even grained spruce for the top - higher quality work for which the trade instruments of JTL are so highly lauded. Commendable projection with a brighter, punchy sound and notable core.