French Violins

If you're in the business of enjoying or making string instruments, then Mirecourt is a place you need to add to your travel bucket list. It's a small commune located in the Vosges department of France, and it's the beating heart of violinmaking in the country. 

Mirecourt has a rich history of being associated with everything from fine artistry to innovative techniques for crafting stringed instruments. 

The story goes back to the 17th century when Italian luthiers migrated to Mirecourt from Cremona and established workshops there. They brought with them not just their skills but also their tools and secrets that were passed down from one generation to another.

Since then, Mirecourt has become a centre of excellence for violinmaking in France, attracting some of the most talented artists from around the world.

What makes Mirecourt so unique?

The luthiers here are renowned for their attention to detail and expertise in selecting wood for their violins. They will only use carefully chosen pieces for each part of the instrument. Mirecourt is known for using traditional methods when crafting violins. These time-honoured techniques have been passed down through generations.

Mirecourt Violin Festival

Every year, Mirecourt hosts a Violin Festival, attracting enthusiasts from around the world. It's an opportunity for violinmakers to showcase their violins, violas, celli, and double basses. The festival includes concerts, exhibitions, and workshops.

Mirecourt also has a fantastic museum that displays some gorgeous and valuable violins. It's an excellent place to visit if you're interested in the history of violinmaking.

If you have a passion for classical music, particularly string instruments, you will enjoy Mirecourt. The town offers a great opportunity for learning about violinmaking and seeing some of the most exquisite violins. It's hard not to be inspired by the history and skill here.

Mirecourt continues to attract violinmakers looking to hone their craft, learn from others like them, and produce some of the most beautiful instruments in the world. Who knows? Now that you know where to find them, you might end up with one of these incredible works of art yourself! 

French Violins


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Labelled and signed (copied) Collin - Mezin 1912 Violin

This is the Labelled and signed (copied) Collin - Mezin 1912 Violin. Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin (1841–1923) was a Parisian luthier an Officier de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts and won gold and silver medals in 1878, 1889, and 1900 at the Paris Exhibitions.

$5,000.00 Price

Paul J. B. Chipot French 1926 Violin

Ref. F009

This is a French violin by Paul J. B. Chipot, made in 1926. Paul John Baptiste Chipot, the son of Chipot-Vuillaume, was a French luthier who established his own workshop in Vendome in 1923.

$7,000.00 Price

Paul Jean - Baptiste Chipot Violin Paris 1942 (F008)

Ref. F008

This is a Paul Jean- Baptiste Chipot Violin made in Paris in about 1942. Paul Jean Baptiste Chipot is a French luthier the son of Chipot-Vuillaume. He worked in many workshops in Mirecourt then moved to Vendome to start his own workshop. 

$9,000.00 Price

Leonidas Nadegini Violin C. 1920

Check out this Leonidas Nadegini violin made about 1920. Jean-Baptiste Leonidas Nadegini was a Ukrainian luthier who was awarded as gold medalist for sonority in Saint Petersbourg competition in 1907.

$5,000.00 Price

Collin - Mezin Paris 1902 Violin

Ref. F001

This is a Collin - Mezin violin made in Paris in 1902. Charles Jean Baptiste Collin-Mezin (1841–1923) was a Parisian luthier an Officier de l'Académie des Beaux-Arts and won gold and silver medals in 1878, 1889, and 1900 at the Paris Exhibitions.

$20,000.00 Price

French Trade Violin Instrument

This is a French Trade Violin Instrument bearing the label of Andreas Borelli dated 1720.  Andreas Borelli an Italian-born violin maker whose style developed the Borelli School of Violin Making which was later adopted by the workshops in Mirecourt France.

$2,500.00 Price

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