Violin by Gustave Villaume, Nancy, 1933

Violin by Gustave Villaume, Nancy, 1933

About Gustave Eugène Villaume

Gustave Villaume was born in Mirecourt in 1899 and was a pupil of Léon Mougenot. He moved to Paris to work for Caressa and Français and then to Nancy, where he worked for the Jacquot firm before setting up his own workshop. His work is of very high quality and he was awarded the silver medal at Mirecourt in 1911, 1912 and 1913.

Villaume built up a successful shop at 9 Place du Marché in Nancy, employing several other makers in the workshop. He also bought in bows from Mirecourt, including some by Louis Morizot.

About the violin

This violin was made in Nancy in 1933. It is a personal model, reminiscent of the Serafin model made by the Mirecourt luthiers of the period.

The front is two pieces of finely-grained spruce, widening towards the flanks. The two-piece back is of finely-figured maple, the flame descending slightly from the centre joint. The ribs and scroll are of similar wood and the varnish is a reddish-amber colour.

The violin has a length of back of 352 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a friendly, open personality. The sound is bright and projects well across the range: the G has a good amount of nutty crunchiness that adds a lot of character. The violin speaks readily and is really easy to play.


The violin is in very good condition.

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