This is a lovely violin probably made by the Grandjon family in Mirecourt towards the end of the 19th Century.  It is a wonderfully elegant copy of an Amati, as stated on the label.  The arching is incredibly attractive and gives the violin a very Amatis style feminine look. The back is of magnificent flamed maple layered with a brilliant orange brown varnish with rich amber yellow undertones. 

 

The tone is exactly as described in Henley's dictionary "stong, with no persuasive quality of sympathy." 

 

The length of the back is 358 mm.

Jules Grandjon, Mirecourt, Circa 1880

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