Mirecourt, France, circa 1860. New Life Series – Violin has been completely re-graduated and modernized to fit today’s higher tension violin strings, as well as playing style.
Excerpt from William Henley’s Universal Dictionary of Violin & Bow Makers: Born at Morecourt, 1798; worked and died there, 1878…Followed the traditional Mirecourt style with much of its rather commonplace appearance. The model is generally broad and large somewhat like a Nicolas; only occasionally do we meet with one of the more ordinary dimensions and something like the Stradivarian. Scroll rather insignificant for an instrument so robustly proportioned. Occasionally careless in his choice of belly wood—we have seen specimens where the left piece is of an uneven wide grain and on the right a fine and straight grain—but almost invariably managed to get prettily figured one-piece backs. Varnish—golden yellow or light red-brown. Branded C. Chevrier. Sometimes written on the place usually occupied by a label. Very seldom labeled.