French violin labelled "Stradivarius"
In the nineteenth century, commercial violin making expanded hugely, to satisfy the growing appetite for private music making and study. In Mirecourt, France, workshops large and small created many thousands of violins modelled on the great Italian masters. This attractive example, made in the style of Antonio Stradivari, has a golden brown varnish, lightly antiqued to give a sense of age but still in very good condition after more than one hundred years. The maple back has a lovely, even flame, and the tone is clear, silvery and resonant.