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Viola by Amedee Dieudonne Mirecourt 1930


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Viola By Amedee Dieudonne Mirecourt 1930

Amédée Dieudonné maker: 1890 – 1960, born in 1890 son of Albert Dieudonné, a violin maker. Amédée Dieudonné began his apprenticeship in violin making with Gustave Bazin, son of bow maker Charles Nicolas. He then joined the workshop of Darché in Brussels, In 1910 he joined Germain’s workshop in Paris for few months before returning to Brussels. In 1920 he settled in his hometown of Mirecourt.

He was extremely productive and over the next 40 years built violins not just for himself but for many firms, including Rudolph Wurlitzer, Moennig, Blanchard, Laberte, Mangenot, and Millant. His work demonstrates good craftsmanship, is principally based on classical Cremonese models and often bears a outstanding orange-red varnish.

Dieudonné’s workshop typically had two or three craftsmen and two apprentices. During his life he trained twenty apprentices, some of these he eventually employed: René Bazin, Pierre Claudot, Jean Eulry, from 1923 to 1956, Eugène Guinot, Eugène Maucotel, from 1927 to 1932, Jean Striebig, Marcel Thomassin, from 1921 to 1956, Marcel Voirin.

Other makers who served part of their apprenticeship included; Etienne Vatelot, Bernard Millant, René Quenoil, Bill Moenning and René Morel.

A fine and handsome Viola bearing the makers original label. The two piece back of maple of medium-fine curl running horizontally across the back from the centre joint, the ribs peg box and scroll of somewhat broader curl.  The two piece front of spruce of medium grain.  The varnish of a rich orange-red colour on a yellow ground.

Label Reads:

A. Dieudonne, Luthier d’Art, No.546 Mirecourt, Annee 1930′

Also signed across the label and across the inner back.

  • Length of back 409 mm
  • Width upper bout 197 mm
  • Width centre bout 139 mm
  • Width lower bout 247 mm

Condition Report

  • Please note that the condition report lists all repairs that have been historically undertaken. The instrument is, however, offered in a fully restored condition and has been fully and professionally setup in our workshops. Any repairs have either been conducted by ourselves or fully inspected and the quality of the repair verified by our workshop. No further repairs are required.

Additional information

Weight3.2 kg
Dimensions83.5 × 31 × 19 cm


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