Violin By J Thibouville Lamy Mirecourt c.1890.
The origin of violin making within Thibouville-Lamy can be dated of 1834, when Charles Buthod, one of the J.B. Vuillaume’s collaborators, came back to Mirecourt to open a violin workshop. Charles Buthod established a significant workshop whose the production was sold in France and abroad.
In 1848 he associated with Charles -Claude Husson, under the name of Husson-Buthod and in 1857 they were joined by Louis Emile Jérome Thibouville, heir to a long tradition of instrument making, started during the 18th century with the production of woodwind instruments à la Couture Boussey (Eure). The new company was named Husson – Buthod – Thibouville.
In 1866, M. Jérôme Thibouville became the owner of the company which in 1867 became Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy (Lamy, after his wife’s’ name).
In 1896 Alfred Acoulon joined and oversaw the production of instruments and in 1908 Hugues-Emile Blondelet, a violin maker from Mirecourt joined.
Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy shut its doors in 1969.
Its production which covered the whole range of instruments of the violin family, was of good quality and dedicated to both the French market and exports.
Many instruments from this workshop are found in Great Britain and the United States of America, where they are still very popular.
Like other important Mirecourt workshops, Jérôme Thibouville Lamy developed a policy of trade marks. In general, instruments bear the Jérôme Thibouville Lamy label, with quite often the JTL stamp to the inside neck’s block. A small number of them, among the nicest, bears the H. Emile Blondelet or Louis Fricot labels.
Some labels found in JTL instruments :
Le Célèbre Vosgien,
Michel Ange Garini,
Many violin makers were trained and worked in this workshop among them :
Pierre Claudot (1920-1922)
Charles, Claude Fetique
J.J.Martin joined J. Thibouville in 1885 to develop the production of the bows.
The company at its peak it reached annual production rates of over 150,000 instruments produced by more than 1,000 luthiers.
The two pice back of maple of strong medium curl descending across the back from the centre joint, the ribs similar although somewhat less pronounced. The peg box and scroll of plain wood. the two piece front of spruce of very fine grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The varnish of a rich yellow-orange colour on a yellow ground.
- Length of back 357 mm
- Width upper bout 167 mm
- Width centre bout 114 mm
- Width lower bout 207 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
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