Violin by Claude Aubert, Troyes, circa 1789

Violin by Claude Aubert, Troyes, circa 1789

About Claude Aubert

Based in Troyes in the Grand-Est region of France, Aubert was principally a maker of guitars and other plucked string instruments. He employed two other makers in his workshop, both of whom also made both violin and guitars. Troyes is the historic capital of the Champagne region and was a busy European trading centre from the Middle Ages onwards. There do not seem to have been any other violin makers based in the town at any point: history does not record whether Aubert was a local man who trained elsewhere, or whether he chose to set up shop in the town due to its prosperity.

About the violin

The violin was made in Troyes around 1789.

The violin has a two piece back of medium-flamed maple, descending slightly from the centre joint. The ribs are of similar wood and the head is of plainer maple. The front is two pieces of extremely fine-grained spruce, widening slightly towards the flanks. The varnish is a delicate amber-brown, laid over a lighter ground.

The violin has a length of back of 358 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin sounds as it looks: classy, elegant and generous. It´s a supremely safe and comfortable violin, giving great assurance to its player. The violin rings well and has a speaking voice that sits at a slightly more intimate level than most.


The violin is in good restored condition. The violin bears its original label as well as Aubert´s brand under the button on the back.

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