Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy Firm
Bow maker / Violin maker (ﬂ. 1857 – 1968)
The largest of the great Mirecourt instrument making firms. In 1957 Jérôme Thibouville joined forces with Charles Buthod and Charles-Claude Husson to form Husson-Buthod-Thibouville. When Jérôme Thibouville married Marguerite Hyacinthe Lamy in 1861, the firm changed its name to the now-famous “Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (J.T.L.)”.
The firm became the largest of the Mirecourt violin making factories – at its peak, it produced over 150,000 instruments annually and employed 1,000 craftsmen.
The firm had different lines of instruments, including student instruments (eg the Médio-Fino and Compagnon ranges) and copies of makers ranging from Stainer and Klotz to Stradivari, as well as instruments named after old violin making-families from Mirecourt and other French makers.
The J.T.L. firm closed its factories in 1968 after the Mirecourt instrument-making industry went into terminal decline in the mid 20th century.
The back in two matching pieces of maple of faint medium curl running horizontally across the back from the centre joint. The ribs, pegbox and scroll of similar curl. The front in two matching pieces of spruce of medium grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The varnish of a warm orange-brown colour on a yellow ground, and in an excellent state of preservation.
No.138 N. E. SIMOUTRE Inventeur Brevete
des Supports harmoniques et de la Barre semi-adherente,
38, rue de l’Echiquer a PARIS. – Annee 1899
Length of back 757mm
Width upper bout 337mm
Width middle bout 225mm
Width lower bout 429mm
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