A fourth-generation luthier from Mirecourt, Nestor Audinot was born in that town in 1842. Trained by his father Leopold, from 1863 he worked for Sébastien Vuillaume in Paris on the boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle. He opened his own business in 1868 at no.17 Faubourg St Denis, but abandoned it following the death of Sébastien Vuillaume in 1875 to take over his shop in boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle. The enterprise was very successful and he retired in 1908, handing the shop to Eugène Corviser. He died in 1920. His output was prolific and his instruments are firmly in the modern Parisian tradition, made with great exactitude, although some are set apart by a certain extravagance in detail. All are on classical models of Stradivari or Guarneri, with a strong, bright deeply coloured varnish.