Charles J.B. Collin-Mezin, Jr., Paris 1949

Born in 1870 to maker Charles J.B. Collin-Mezin, Charles Collin-Mezin, Jr., studied with his father and became his collaborator. After spending several years in America, he was established in Mirecourt in 1900, although he continued to use Paris labels. This cello is in excellent condition, never having been damaged or repaired. It is labeled “”Le Victorieux” type grande Soliste / par Ch. J.B. Collin-Mezin / 1949 Maitre-Luthier No. 12 / Grand Prix Exposition Universelle 1900 / Made in France Paris”. The back is from two pieces of figured maple with matching sides, neck and scroll. The top is from two pieces of medium grained spruce. The varnish is a medium brown color over an amber ground. The body length is 75.8 cm (29-7/8″).