Viola by Étienne Perrin, Mirecourt, circa 1820

Viola by Étienne Perrin, Mirecourt, circa 1820

About Étienne Perrin

Étienne Perrin was born in Mirecourt in 1785, the son of the violin maker François Perrin. He later trained his own son in the craft.

Instruments made by the Perrin family are usually branded internally as having been made in Paris: this was a fairly common marketing technique at the time!

About this viola

This viola was made in Mirecourt circa 1820 and is modelled after the instruments of Stradivari.

The viola has a one piece back of finely flamed, quarter-sawn maple with ribs and scroll to match. The one piece front is of very finely-grained spruce and the varnish is golden amber in colour.

The viola has a length of back of 15 and 1/8th inches or 385 mm.

How does it sound?

This is a truly exceptional little viola! It is an absolute powerhouse but retains a gorgeous beauty of tone. This viola will make an amazing musical partner for someone who needs a smaller instrument without any compromise on sound.


The viola is in good restored condition.

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