Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890

£18,500

Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890We have four Paul Bailly violins right now – perhaps that’s some indication of how I rate him as a maker. This is the least expensive due to the back length, but it has a fantastic sound.

As I have mentioned in the other Paul Bailly listings, here we have a maker who succeeded in stepping outside the rather rigid confines of the French school. He travelled extensively, and of all the makers who worked for Vuillaume, he moved the furthest from that model, always experimenting with patterns and with varnish. This is a lovely example with a fantastic sound. The condition is very good -there’s one well repaired crack below the left f-hole, and a small saddle crack on the right hand side, but no other issues. The original varnish is well preserved and quite glossy – often Baillys suffer from a slightly drab matt appearance. Fortunately the “Monk’s Triple Bar” has been removed and replaced with a proper conventional bassbar! However, the label helps to date the violin if nothing else …

This is another superb sounding Paul Bailly. The sound is rich in overtones, loud and lovely, woody, silvery …mmmm! Quite a big violin physically, it has a mellow solid core to the sound that probably relates to its size, but it’s also a very nimble instrument, equally capable of playfulness or high seriousness. It’s very well balanced, smooth and powerful throughout the range. For a tall player looking for a versatile violin this would be hard to beat.

Length of back 36.1cm, stop 132/195mm, total length 59.3cm

Certificate: JJ Rampal (Pro Forma)

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Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890 Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890 Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890 Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890

Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890

Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1890

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