A musical instrument sale at Sotheby’s has seen an auction record established for the early nineteenth-century violin maker Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume.

Vuillaume, who is known as an innovator and collector of violins,  is thought to have made over 3,000 instruments during his lifetime. He was widely-known for his imitations of early violins, and was inspired by Italian makers Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù. Vuillaume’s 1870 violin model St. Paul, a copy of the ‘Messiah’ Stradivari of 1716 (thought to be Vuillaume’s favourite violin), sold for £145,250 as part of a recent auction.

Head of musical instruments at Sotheby’s, Tim Ingles, said: ‘We are delighted with the response to the concurrent exhibition of the work of J.B. Vuillaume staged at Sotheby’s.

‘I am certain that the positive and well-deserved recognition of virtuoso violin maker Vuillaume contributed to the record price of £145,250 for the Saint Paul violin, which surpassed the previous auction record for this maker established in these sale rooms in March this year.’


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