(1758 – 1824)
Among the great French violin makers, Nicolas Lupot deserves special recognition for his talents. Known as the French Stradivari, Lupot trained with his father François in Orléans before moving to Paris in 1794. Initially Lupot worked in the shop of ...Read More François Pique before starting his own business in 1798 on the rue de Gramont. After eight years ascending through the ranks of violin making there he relocated his shop to the rue Croix des Petits Champs, where he remained for the rest of his career.
Lupot is known as the French Stradivari not simply as a way of acknowledging his superior finesse and skill as a maker, but also to convey the marked stylistic commonalities between their works. The influence of Stradivari can be seen early on in Lupot's instruments, but once Lupot moved to Paris he had ample opportunities to study and imitate the Cremonese master's great works, and found an eager audience for them. His excellent interpretation of Stradivari no doubt fanned the flames of interest in Cremonese models that persisted through the 19th Century in France. In 1815 he was appointed to the French court. Two of his most important students are August Sébastien Philippe Bernardel, and Charles François Gand, who married Lupot's adopted daughter and inherited his workshop. Leading 19th Century Parisian maker Jean Baptiste Vuillaume also followed in Lupot's footsteps, and copied his models often, especially early in his career.
- The auction record for this maker is $283,905 in Jun 2011, for a violin.
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