As a member of the Vuillaume family of makers and younger brother of the famous Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, Nicolas Vuillaume helped continue a long tradition of violin making. He was born in 1800 in Mirecourt and started his training there with his father, Claude Francois. He then worked with his brother in Paris from 1832-1841 and subsequently returned to Mirecourt.
Vuillaume ultimately opened his own workshop in Brussels. He won several awards for his work and became the official luthier for the Royal Conservatoire. While in Brussels, he also produced instruments for the “Saint-Cécile” and “Stentor” labels for his brother’s workshop.
This violin is an excellent example of Nicolas Vuillaume’s craftsmanship. Its tone is robust and brilliant. The varnish is of a rich red-brown color shaded to golden ground. The back…
The well flamed, one piece back is covered in a beautiful orange-amber varnish.
Faintly branded internally on the back “Stentor”. This violin possesses excellent tonal characteristics, both powerful and warm in color.