Violin by Louis Guersan, Paris, circa 1750

Violin by Louis Guersan, Paris, circa 1750

About Louis Guersan

Louis Guersan learnt his craft from Claude Pierray, whose business he later took over. Guersan was highly respected amongst the many luthiers in Paris at the time, winning the contract to supply both the Dauphin and the Paris Opéra. His work is considered to be amongst the best of the Vieux Paris school.

About this violin

The violin was made in Paris circa 1750. Its model shows the influence of both Stainer and Amati, combining the two in an instrument very characteristic of the Vieux Paris school.

The violin has a two piece back of highly-figured maple. The ribs and scroll are of plainer wood. The front is two pieces of straight-grained spruce which widens towards the flanks and the varnish is golden-brown in colour.

The violin has a length of back of 354 mm.

How does it sound?

This is a smooth, nutty instrument which is notably well-balanced and has a singing quality to the tone. It never compromises on refinement, giving a polished edge to whatever you play.


The violin is in excellent restored condition.

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