Lot 36 , A fine French violin by Jacques-Pierre Thibout, Paris 1838, length of back 14in., crocodile skin case
A fine French violin by Jacques-Pierre Thibout, Paris 1838, labelled Nouveau procede approve par l'Institut Thibout, Luthier, rue Rameau, no.8 a Paris 1836, with two bows, length of back 14in., crocodile skin case
The violin is offered on behalf of the family of the late Eric William Dinneen, who purchased the violin in the 1940's, having become a passionate lover of classical music after attending concerts with his second cousin in the 1930's and 40's. During the 1950's and 60's Eric played violin with the Sale Orchestra, in what is now known as the Greater Manchester area.
After moving south, he regularly played at Highbury College, where he was Head of the Liberal Studies department until his retirement in 1985. Eric Dinneen died in 2013, aged 89.
There is a feint hairline crack to the top plate above the sound post, there is wear and scuffing to the varnish around the edges and at the upper corner of the top plate, to the neck and on the scroll consistent with age and use, there is also some wear and scuffing to the varnish on the backplate which has been partially revarnished and recoloured in places, there is also some heavier wear to the C scroll on the centre bout of the top plate, otherwise in reasonable condition. Both of the accompanying bows have nickel mounts, the larger of the two has a split to the timber above the frog and the other the nut looks a little large for the size of the shaft both require re-stringing. No patch detected.
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Sold for £11,000