Vuillaume Violin

Description (Brief)
This violin was made by Claude-François Vuillaume in Mirecourt, France around 1750. Claude-François (I) Vuillaume (ca. 1700-1792?) was the great-great-grandfather of J. B. Vuillaume, the eminent 19th-century Parisian maker, dealer and expert. This violin retains original features common to Mirecourt output of the period, including the maple neck and top block in one piece. The ribs are inlaid into a channel cut into the back, and are without linings excepting the center bout area of the back. Interior blocks are very small. The fingerboard of plain maple is veneered on the top with ebony and accompanied by a nut of ivory inlaid into the neck. Purfling is represented by two painted lines of ink. This violin is made of a table of spruce in two pieces, back of plain maple in two pieces cut on the quarter, similar plain maple ribs, an original plain maple neck, pegbox and scroll, and a slightly opaque yellow-brown varnish.
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Object Name
date made
Vuillaume, Claude-Francois
Physical Description
spruce (table material)
maple (back material)
overall: 23 3/4 in x 8 1/4 in x 3 5/8 in; 60.325 cm x 20.955 cm x 9.2075 cm
Place Made
France: Lorraine, Mirecourt
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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