Emile Mennesson, Reims 1879

This is a beautiful example of 19th century French work. It has character in its form and model, rich textured varnish of a deep wine color and a warm tone of unusual freedom and complexity. The instrument bears its original label as follows: “Joseph Guarini fecit / Anno 1879 No. 1559 / Emile Mennesson, a Reims (Marne)”.