Paul François was the grandson of François Blanchard (1796-1859), a Mirecourt violin maker. Born in 1851, he trained with Auguste Darte in 1865 and thereafter worked for Edmond Daniel in Marseilles and Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre in Lyon, where he opened his own shop in 1870. He was made luthier to the Lyon Conservatoire, and with the aid of several assistants, produced a large number of finely made instruments of classical models. He died in 1912. His superior instruments were made with a fine red-gold varnish, but lesser quality workshop instruments generally have a pale golden coloured finish. They are generally branded internally with the maker’s initials.
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