From Pratik Desai
Posted June 11, 2005 at 10:18 PM
Tarisio is an auction, and they could be in any condition. Oliver Steiner lives in Atlanta so he might know the shop you're dealing with. They're saying "labeled as," for this one and at least one other, which is a discrete way of not guaranteeing authenticity while still using the maker's name to sell the violin. I don't like their photography or the way they spell "Vuilluame," for what that's worth.
I only know of one, about 8 years ago, and that was for $7500.
Hi Pratik, First the name, I am not quite sure why Jim Miller does not like the spelling of the name!
Chipot - Vuillaume is the correct spelling, he married the daughtert of a Parisian cobbler who's name just happened to be Jean Baptiste Vuillaume but was not related to the famous French violin maker J.B.Vuillaume, he just used the name to fool the public into thinking that he was related to J.B.Vuillaume. Perhaps Jim is getting confused with the spelling Villaume as in Gustave Villaume who was by the way a very good maker.
Chipot - Vuillaume died in 1892 so the date is ok but I should add that there are many Mircourt violins made around 1900 that are labelled Chipot - Vuillaume but are in fact just workshop fiddles (made by assistants). I also think it is expensive at $7,500 even if it is genuine. For that money you could buy a much finer instrument and with good provenance, perhaps take a look at: www.westcountryviolins.com/cat--fine-quality-violins--violins-3:15.html West Country Violins had a Chipot - Vuillaume recently priced at 2,200 pounds. (about $4,600) Hope this helps, although I think that has now been sold.
I play a Chipot-Vuillaume (dated 1920, Paris). Charles Drouin had the rights to the Chipot-Vuillaume name from c. 1892 to his death in 1931. If the label on mine is to be trusted, my violin comes from the Drouin period, and I assume the "Paris" designation is correct, though Drouin's assembly shop was in Mirecourt, I believe. I'm fond of this violin, though I wish it were a bit more suave and sensitive in tone and responsiveness to the bow.
Although I've seen lists of these violins going for up to $8,500, most sell for much less (c. $2,000-4,000). I'm sure the range of tone, workmanship, and playability is a wide one. It's also true that the violin may be worth the amount asked to you, though it does seem on the outrageous side to me.
I remember selling one for $7500 about 10 years ago when I worked at another shop, so a current price of that doesn't bother me at all.
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