Violin stamped "NICOLAS DUCHENE A LA VILLE DE PADOUE"
Violin stamped "NICOLAS DUCHENE A LA VILLE DE PADOUE", in a triangular shape where the label would normally be, which was very characteristic of the Didier workshop, and subsequently the workshops of Jerome Thibouville Lamy. Uncharacteristically, however, there are no other stamps or logos inside the instrument, which both Duchene and JTL were in the habit of doing. Although we can’t be certain, we feel that this is likely to be an instrument from the JTL business, Mirecourt, France, in the second half of the nineteenth century.
The body of the instrument is in good order, with no cracks, but the peg box has been damaged at some stage in the past. There is extensive repair work from earlier in the instruments life, including both sides of the pegbox being refaced. The work is not the tidiest in the world, and is visible, although it does appear sound. We have taken the view that it is best not to disturb this repair, and have adjusted the price of the instrument accordingly.
We have set the instrument up in our workshops, and it has a bold even and rich sound in all registers, with good projection.