JB Vuillaume- made in Paris during the 1800s, probably around or after 1859 this is a copy of the messi Stradivari, since Vuillaume had two or three main models he copied.
Vuillaumes instruments have been played by some of the finest musicians like Pierre Fournier. Hilary Hahns primary instrument is a JB Vuillame. She has spoken in interviews about how she doesn’t feel it is necessary for virtuosos to own million dollar instruments, and that the musician should get the instrument that best suits them. The highest price a Vuillaume has made was 262 thousand at an auction in London.
Authenticitys of Vuillaumes are often hard to achieve and many may be inaccurate. His shop had several makers and apprentices that made instruments under his label. But this one is indeed authentic and has had only 3 to 4 owners since Vuillaume. Vuillaume was the best French maker of the late 19th century.
Christmas at the Bodleian Library
I am so lucky to be able to experience Oxford in the snow.
Correction as to location: Long Room, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
My apologies. My source had had it marked as the Bodleian. Regardless, gorgeous place.
How amazing that such gorgeous care and detail are given to places of knowledge. That beauty is bestowed onto cathedrals of learning. What we know is worth so very much, but knowing we know nothing, is worth everything. (at Library of Congress)
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