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A violin by Claude-Augustin Miremont, Paris 1870

Price range: £25,000 - £50,000

Miremont is an interesting French maker…he lived in the US for 10 years…moving back to Paris in 1861. This violin was made in 1870  and is a good example of his fine work based on a Stradivari model.  Rampal Certificate

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(b Mirecourt, 1827; d Pontorson, 1887). Claude Augustin  was a pupil of his father Sebastien, a little-known and unexceptional craftsman who worked at Mirecourt all his life. After working for Claude Collin he moved to Paris in 1844 and was employed by Lafleur and Bernardel père. In 1852 he moved to New York, where he worked for nine years before returning to Paris to establish his own shop at 20 rue Faubourg-Poissonnière. There his intimate contact with the work of Stradivari and Guarneri ‘del Gesù’ inspired him to make instruments that at times rival those of his great competitor J.-B. Vuillaume. The workmanship is refined and delicate, the varnish often of good substance and attractive appearance. The tone of his instruments is remarkably fine, his best-known advocate being the cellist Pierre Fournier, who used his Miremont in preference to Italian instruments for most of his career. (