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Ex-Karrman

A violin after Guarneri by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume

Paris, 1859

labelled Jean Baptiste Vuillaume à Paris, 3, rue Demours-Ternes, JBV and inscribed internally with the serial number 2317

The back of this instrument, the final instrument made for William Karrman, is not dissimilar to the 1854 Guarneri model violin on page 11. The wood choice and wear pattern of the back are strikingly similar, yet the front is given a quite different treatment. The model is clearly that of the Cannon, but rather than blackening the front in the style of the original, Vuillaume uses minimal antiquing, with only tiny traces of distressing by the bridge feet. This feeling of preservation is enhanced by the extraordinary state of this violin, with the original patina of the varnish still clearly visible on the front and back.

Labelled Jean Baptiste Vuillaume à Paris, 3, rue Demours-Ternes, JBV, it is inscribed internally with the serial number 2317. The bridge, stamped H.C. Silvestre, must have been on the violin for at least 100 years. Before being acquired by C.M. Sin in September 2000, the instrument had been in the same family for four generations.

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