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Georges Contal was born in Mirecourt in 1874 and worked England, Switzerland, Tyrol, Italy, Belgium and Austria before finally settling in Paris in 1899 where this violin was made. A pupil of Poiron he is also credited with inventing an art-mandoline in the style of a viol d'amour called a Violaline. Made in Paris this violin has a two piece back of maple cut on the three quarter slab of a slightly quilted medium curl running horizontally across the back from the joint. The ribs are of a similar curl, the pegbox and scroll of somewhat stronger medium curl. The violin has a two piece front of pine of a medium grain. The varnish is a warm orange-brown colour on a yellow ground. Labelled on the inner back.
Georges Contal Luthier No138 Paris annee 1901
Please note that the condition report lists all repairs that have been historically undertaken. The instrument is, however, offered in a fully restored condition and has been fully and professionally setup in our workshops. Any repairs have either been conducted by ourselves or fully inspected and the quality of the repair verified by our workshop. No further repairs are required. Details listed in this condition report are for information purposes only.
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