Georges Apparut Violin, Mirecourt 1928
Son of Léon Apparut and a pupil of violin maker Caussin and partner of Paul Bailly, Georges began his apprenticeship in his father’s workshop at the age of fourteen.
In 1896, at the age of nineteen, he left his father’s workshop to join the workshop of Paul Blanchard, Luthier of Lyon’s Conservatory of Music, he later became the first assistant.
In 1900 Georges joined Georges Mougenot in Brussels where he stayed until the end of 1902.
By the end of 1902, he had joined Marc Laberte in Mirecourt, where he remained until 1921 as the head of artistic production.
While with Marc Laberte, Georges created in his own time some very fine instruments. From 1924 to 1925 he was the assistant to Pouzolle in Avignon.
In 1925 he took over the workshop of Victor Joseph Charotte at 6, Sainte Cécile Street in Mirecourt.
Georges Apparut’s instruments are inspired by those of Victor Joseph Charotte, particularly in the holes design of certain models, and by the Classical Italian school, some of the finest samples of which APPARUT was exposed to while working with Marc Laberte.
Apart from his workshop production of excellent, well-crafted using superior tonewood, one can also find superior instruments, typically copies, some on a personal model. Joseph Guarneri, Jean Baptiste Guadagnini and Georges Klotz are amongst some of the makers who inspired the creativity of Georges Apparut.
George Apparut’s workshop wasn’t large, mostly no more than two or three violin makers and one apprentice. In his workshop he trained more than twenty apprentices among them Louis Delignon, Jacques Francais and Jean Peticolas.
He was awarded several honors and awards during his career, including silver and gold medals at the international exhibitions in Nancy (1909), Brussels (1910), and Gand (1913). He gained a particularly good reputation for his copies and antique instruments.
In 1930, René Cune joined Georges Apparut in Mirecourt and stayed with him until 1939. Later Paul Hillaire joined and became his successor in 1948.
The two piece back of maple of strong medium curl descending across the back from the joint. The ribs of similar although somewhat less pronounced curl. The neck, peg box and scroll of faint curl. The two piece front of pine of medium grain. The varnish of warm orange-brown colour on a yellow ground.
Labelled: G.APPARUT annee 1928
- Length of back 356mm
- Width upper bout 168mm
- Width middle bout 113mm
- Width lower bout 206mm.
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