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date: 19 November 2019

Nicolas, Didier locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius
  • , revised by Philip J. Kass

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(b Mirecourt, France, Jan 23, 1757; d Mirecourt, April 23, 1833). French violin maker. Nicknamed ‘le Sourd’, he served his apprenticeship in Mirecourt, where he established his shop, ‘A la Ville de Cremonne’; this title appears within the triangular brand he used in place of a label. He used the Stradivari model as interpreted in Mirecourt: fuller and heavier, with broad edges and corners, and usually somewhat over 36 cm in body length. The distance between his soundholes is also usually very broad. In later years he employed a large workshop to make violins to his specifications. He was succeeded by his son Joseph (b Mirecourt, France, 1796; d Mirecourt, 1864); after Joseph’s death the business was acquired by Honoré Derazey and eventually by Laberte & Magnié. Thus, the quality of instruments bearing the Nicolas brand can vary considerably. Instruments made by Nicolas himself usually bear the inscription ‘D. Nicolas ainé Mirecourt’ in ink by the soundpost....

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