Jean Bauer was born in Laval, Mayenne, in 1914, and became a highly regarded maker in nearby Angers after 1945. The son of Gaston Bauer, also a luthier, he was taught by Marius Didier in Mattaincourt, Vosges, and established a workshop in Le Havre in 1936, but his career there was interrupted by the Second World War. He initially followed a Guarneri model, but developed his own very refined style, characterised by a particularly rich orange-red varnish. He won many awards, in Paris, Toulouse and The Hague. He died in Angers in 2005.
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