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date: 26 January 2020

Audinot, Nestor locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius


(b Mirecourt, France, Dec 12, 1842; d Paris, France, 1920). French violin maker. He was the son and pupil of Leopold Audinot (1811–91) and surpassed all the other members of this Mirecourt family of violin makers. From 1863 to 1868 he worked for Sebastien Vuillaume in Paris and in 1875 succeeded to his business in the boulevard Bonne-Nouvelle. In 1908 he retired and transferred the business to Eugene Corvisier, one of his workers. Audinot worked mostly after the Stradivari and Guarneri models, the work being typically French in its fastidiousness. The varnish varies from yellow-brown to red-brown and is normally of good consistency. His violins were previously regarded as good orchestral instruments but are now beginning to show signs of mellowing in tone. He used a variety of printed labels, all showing his name in oversized type. Some labels are addressed, dated, and numbered in ink....

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