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date: 18 November 2019

Salomon, Jean Baptiste Dehaye locked

  • Philip J. Kass


(b Reims, France, Aug 1, 1713; d Paris, France, Jan 24, 1767). French violin maker. He was one of the most active and successful makers and dealers in France before the Revolution. He worked first with his father, who brought the family to Paris. In the 1740s he was based on the rue de l’Arbre Sec, and after 1750 at the Place de l’Ecole. The business was continued for three decades following his death by his widow, who was the niece of Jean Ouvrard. Salomon’s business dealt with all manner of instruments including keyboards. His cellos were particularly favoured, and he counted the performers Graziani and Duport among his clients.

Salomon’s work is typical of the contemporary French school. His models have a delicacy to them, although the violins are often oversized. The scrolls are more often than not the work of the elusive Lafille, who supplied them also to others in the Parisian trade. Salomon’s varnish is usually orange-brown, thin, and firm in texture....

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