Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy JTL – Mirecourt c. 1890’s – SOLD NOVEMBER 9, 2023 –
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Antonius Stradivarius Cremonenfis
Faciebat Anno 1721
JTL Lyre inside treble side
This violin is branded (J T L) inside on the neck block.
During the early 19th century, the family of Thibouville-Lamy established a large workshop in Mirecourt, and for many years was the cradle of violin making excellence. A wedding of French violin making families led the combined workshops to begin operating as Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (J.T.L) which went on to become a famous brand. In the 1870’s-80s the company had an annual production of 1300-1500 violins, violas, and cellos in three distinct grades, which were affordable. At their peak of making in the early 1900’s the company employed more than 1,000 luthiers. The company grew quickly under the new name most commonly referred to as J.T.L.
Our J.T.L. is branded inside the violin on the neck block and was built approximately in 1890’s in the J.T.L. workshops. This violin has the typical J.T.L. style with very precise workmanship. It has a slightly wider body, slightly larger edges, and a transparent amber/orange/brown varnish, almost honey in color – it is a knock-out. The violin is as light as a feather and noticeable. The arching follows the lower Strad modeling and greatly assists in the power of the violin. The violin has gorgeous patina and natural playing wear. It has a modest one-piece maple back with a spruce table of medium to wide width grain. The condition is very good with a few tidbits nibbled out of the varnish and edges but otherwise the instrument is in very good condition. We have completely gone over the entire violin, giving it a new set up.
Corpus 359.0 mm, Major Width 211.0mm, Minor Width 173.mm, Rib Height 30.0 mm
As for the tone, it is a beautiful sounding instrument, not just a looker. The responsiveness is refreshing and open, almost woody or reedy in its color. The sound is warm and smooth without sacrificing the higher end pop or power. The violin leans to the darker side and has a great response, with a bit of edginess to the sound when you want it. The violin has good balance and has a consistent tone throughout the register. The bottom end has power, and the treble side also sings with power. This violin has it and it is simply easy to play. A great look, sound, and age in a very healthy package. This European instrument is a find for a price just below 4K.