Ch. J.B. Collin-Mezin violin, 1925
Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin-Mezin is one of the more well-known French makers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His own work, culminating in a Grand Prix in 1900, enabled him to expand his workshop, employing a small number of skilled luthiers to make the subsequent violins that bear his label and signature. This violin, dated two years after his death in 1923, is one of the last examples of their work, which followed Collin-Mezin’s vision closely. The tone is full and clear, with character and brilliance in the higher registers and richness on the lower strings.