Violin by Frederick William Chanot, London, 1895

Violin by Frederick William Chanot, London, 1895

About Frederick William Chanot

The Chanot family are one of the great violin making dynasties, springing from fairly humble beginnings in Mirecourt and becoming a multi-generational powerhouse in Paris, London and Manchester.

Frederick William was born in London in 1857, the son of Georges Chanot II. The young Frederick was sent to Paris to train with his grandfather, the first George Chanot, for 8 years. He then returned to London to work under his father for a further 9 years: 17 years later he was finally able to set up on his own in 1881!

About the violin

This violin was made in London in 1895 and is modelled after the instruments of Guarneri 'del Gesù'.

The violin has a one piece back of beautiful quarter-sawn maple with ribs and scroll to match. The front is one piece of very fine-grained spruce and the varnish is golden-brown with attractive shading.

The violin has a length of back of 353 mm.

How does it sound?

This is a fantastic sounding violin, both velvety smooth and projecting at the same time. The violin feels as at home playing Mozart as it does in Mahler. Crisp off the string and in quiet passages, and roundly full in more lyrical pieces of music. An excellent musical companion!


The violin is in excellent condition.

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