The two-piece back of maple is of a strong broad curl descending across the back from the centre joint, the ribs, pegbox and scroll are of a similar curl. The two-piece front of spruce is of a medium-broad grain. The varnish of an amber-brown colour on a yellow ground.
Length of back- 360mm
Width upper bout- 170mm
Width middle bout- 115mm
Width lower bout- 208mm.
Bearing two labels: ‘EXPOSITION UNIVERSle PARIS 1900, GRAND PRIX’ and ‘Ch.J.B.COLLIN-MEZIN, Luthier a Paris, Rue du Faubg Poissonniere, No.29’ in the circle to the right ‘C.M’ label dated by hand ‘Annee 1900. Signed on inner back ‘Collin-Mezin’.
Born in Mirecourt, Collin-Mezin apprenticed with his father. Some sources say he worked for a period in the Brussels workshop of Nicolas-François Vuillaume. In 1868 he moved to Paris where he established himself as one of the premier French luthiers of his day. His instruments were considered superior over other new violins.
Collin-Mezin was friends with influential people who helped popularize his instruments. He was also connected to musical luminaries of his day, whose opinions he sought out.
A number of famous violinists played on his instruments and praised their quality and playability, including Joseph Joachim, Sivori, Scott Tixier, Léonard, Marie Tayau, and Jules Armingaud, who considered a Collin-Mezin equal to a Stradivari for flexibility of sound. The famous cellists Franchomme and Jacquard played on Collin-Mezins.
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