Georges Chanot (II) Violin, London 1861

£25,000

Georges Chanot ViolinIs this a French violin or an English violin? Hard to say! It was made in London, but Chanot himself was French, and had come to London ten years earlier to work alongside fellow Frenchman Charles Maucotel. There was a huge influx of French makers on the London scene at this time, and the Chanot family in particular became a vital part of English violin making.

This violin is very firmly in the French tradition, broadly speaking a Messiah Strad copy. It has a typical dark nut-brown varnish all but masking some very fine violin wood. The scroll is superb, and every detail of this instrument oozes quality. The condition is very good, though it came to us in very worn condition and some areas of varnish have been restored. There’s also a new wafer of wood laid in to the right of the fingerboard where a previous owner’s nails had wrought a degree of havoc. The scroll has been grafted onto a new neck (the original was perilously thin), but there are no cracks or repairs of any kind on the body.

I was “switched on” to the Chanots a couple of years ago, and have been fortunate to handle a great violin by the father of Georges II (Georges Chanot I) and one by his son (Joseph Antony Chanot). While the very flat Guarneri models are the best known and most highly valued, I like the Strad models, and this particular violin is a super example. The sound is excellent, very big and quite dark but with clarity and bite. It has great response, it’s easy to play, smooth and enveloping, but it really packs a punch. Perfectly set up, very comfortable, impossible to overplay, in every way a great violin for a demanding professional who wants a big, bold and mature sound.

Length of Back 35.6cm, stop 130/195mm, total length 58.6cm

Click or tap an image to enlarge it. Click or tap again to supersize.

Georges Chanot Violin Georges Chanot Violin Georges Chanot Violin Georges Chanot Violin

Georges Chanot Violin

Are you interested in this Georges Chanot Violin?

Look for other fine violins like this or contact us today.

Ref: 5232

All of our instruments are assessed by Martin, a professional musician.

We have violin dealer insurance for sending instruments internationally and all purchases from the website are covered by a 14 day return policy.

Look at customer reviews from violinists or viola players.

Contact us

We offer a personal service to all our customers, and are happy to chat on the phone or by email.

Don't be shy... contact us today!


Subscribe to our mailing list

We never pass on our email list to anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any time.

I am interested in ...

Share this page

Facebooktwittergoogle_pluslinkedinredditpinterestmail