France 19th century.
Violin of a dancing master from the Parisian school. The back and sides are made from a single piece to which the spruce sounboard is glued.
Traces of an important old and good quality restoration are visible on the background. Following a serious fracture at the base of the neck, at the heel, a joint was made to restore the instrument to playing condition. The work is of great mastery, and nothing has been done to hide its existence.
The pochette is housed in an English mahogany case, custom made towards the end of the 19th century.
Length: 41.4cm. Length of the body: 18cm.
Provenance: Collection of luthier Charles Enel (1880-1954) then Frédéric Boyer (1926-2005).