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date: 14 November 2019


  • Laurence Libin


Type of mandolin with violin- or viola d’amore-shaped body. Said to have been invented and patented in Paris about 1900 by Georges Contal (b, Mirecourt, 19 April 1874) and made in a range of sizes, the violaline has four pairs of fretted strings like a mandolin’s, but supposedly a quieter sound. Violalines bearing the label and patent mark of Jérôme Thibouville-Lamy appear to date from about ...

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