Pacherele [Pacherel], Pierre
- Philip J. Kass
(b Mirecourt, France, April 1, 1803; d Nice, France, Dec 31, 1871). French violin maker. He served his apprenticeship at Mirecourt and then worked in various towns in the kingdom of Sardinia, Turin during the 1820s, then Genoa, and finally from 1837 in Nice, where he probably took over the business of another Mirecourt maker, François Bastien. He certainly knew Pressenda, and stylistic evidence in Pressenda’s work suggests that Pacherele was one of a stable of makers producing rough instruments for Pressenda to finish. While some of his best instruments have been passed off as Pressenda’s early work, he lacked Pressenda’s varnish; many of the finer points are missing, and the overall impression is much more French than Italian. He displays a marked preference for the Stradivari model, although again the interpretation is French. His few cellos are excellent....