The Silvestres were exceptional makers, and their success owes much to their training with Nicolas Lupot and JB Vuillaume. The two brothers worked together from 1829 until 1848, and this violin is a very fine example of their collaborative work. It’s in an exceptional state of preservation, free from repairs or damages, and with very little wear to the original varnish.
I’m a big fan of the Lyon school, and the Silvestres can do no wrong in my book! This particular instrument is of soloist quality – it has a big muscular sound, very focused but also very versatile. In the words of an old Yugoslavian folk song Srce Je Moja Violina “my heart is a violin … don’t touch it if you don’t know how to play it”.
Documentation: certificate by Peter Biddulph, London 2014
Length of back: 35.8cm
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