Violin stamped "D NICOLAS AINE A LA VILLE DE CREMONE"
Violin stamped "D NICOLAS AINE A LA VILLE DE CREMONE", in characteristic triangular shape where the label would normally be. In the centre of the triangle is the “DN” logo, which is also stamped on the top block inside.
We think this violin is likely to have been made in the workshops of the Jerome Thibouville Lamy business (JTL), in Mirecourt, France, in the late nineteenth century. This business was one of the largest violin making business in the area, and frequently subsumed other smaller workshops into its operations. These deals often included the rights to use the name and branding of the acquired business, and many JTL instruments were marketed under other makers names. It is feasible that the instrument might have been made in the Didier workshops, but in order for that to be the case, the violin would date from the first half of the nineteenth century, and we don’t think that it is that old.
It is structurally in very good order, with a small crack from the lower lobe of the treble side sound hole previously repaired. Notably there is an interesting knot marking in the wood on the front just above the bridge.
The violin has been restored and set up in our workshops, and has a rich dark tone, especially in the lower registers