French violin, Collin-Mezin workshop, Paris, 1910

French violin, Collin-Mezin workshop, Paris, 1910

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A visually striking ‘Del Gesù’ model violin from this renowned French workshop.

This instrument has sold.  CVN1065

Description

Ch. J B Collin-Mezin, a highly respected maker in his own right, presided over a busy workshop producing a range of trade instruments, of generally higher than average quality. His son assisted in this operation at the time this violin was made. Such was its importance that after the old man’s death, the workshop passed on to other major manufacturers who kept it operating well into the 1950’s.

The better instruments, such as this one, are characterised by the beautiful selection of tonewoods, this clearly lifts them above the mainstream of mass production. The back plate features a vivid, medium to broad flamed maple with the figure descending from the centre joint, the sides and head are of similar wood, the top plate of two pieces of medium grained spruce, the varnish of a light to mid golden-brown.

The violin is based on a Guarneri del Gesù model which is consistent with a powerful output and fits the general characteristic of good French instruments having a somewhat brighter tone, this affords clarity and good projection. It is also very even both in string crossings and throughout the full range. Full rich overtones completes an altogether accomplished package.

This instrument has sold.  CVN1065