Jean Baptiste Vuillaume


Bow maker / Violin maker
(maker: 1798 – 1875)

In addition to being a renowned and prolific maker of fine violins, over his lifetime Jean Baptiste Vuillaume cultivated singular prominence as a connoisseur, dealer, and inventor. His workshop in Paris employed and trained some of the finest 19th century violin- and bow makers, including Macuotel, Silvestre, Derazey, the Peccatte brothers, Persoit, Fonlause, Simon, and Voirin. The workshop, which Vuillaume founded in the rue Croix des Pétits Champs in 1827 and moved to the rue Demours-Ternes in 1858, produced over 3,000 instruments, which are similar and abundant enough to be readily identifiable. Most also bear a label, brand, number, and signature identifying them as examples of the Vuillaume workshop.

Born in the violin making city of Mirecourt, Vuillaume moved to Paris in 1818 and apprenticed with Chanot before establishing his own workshop, where he began by imitating the work of Lupot. However, Vuilaume quickly gained skill as a copyist of older instruments, particularly those of Stradivari and Guarneri 'del Gesù', which coalesced with an early interest in violin dealing. In 1855 Vuillaume made the astute and crucial move to buy up famous dealer Luigi Tarisio's stock of 144 instruments, which included some of Stradivari's best works, not least the ' Messiah' of 1716. Among Vuillaume's more interesting inventions are the giant, three-stringed octobass and the self-rehairing bow.

Instruments

Relevant instruments and bows found on Cozio Archive:
Cello: 33 | Small Violin: 1 | Viola: 16 | Violin: 234 | Violin Bow: 5 | 694 other properties not displayed publicly

Name Type Year ID
  Cello 1823 50248
  Cello 1840 50370
  Cello 1840 50244
  Cello 1844 51027
  Cello 1845 50570
  Cello c. 1845 7364
  Cello 1845 53008
  Cello 1845 49210
  Cello 1846 50470
  Cello 1847 49129
  Cello 1850 50599
  Cello 1850 49167
'The Pegasus' Cello 1854 50608
  Cello c. 1855 12182
  Cello 1855 50604
  Cello 1855 50327
  Cello c. 1858 15314
  Cello c. 1858 16796
  Cello 1860 50585
  Cello 1860 50249
  Cello 1860 50593
  Cello 1860 51276
  Cello 1862 50373
''Count Doria'' Cello 1863 50703
'Chimay' Cello 1865 50818
'Cheremetoff' Cello 1865 50814
  Cello 1866 57102
  Cello 1868 50562
  Cello 1869 50565
  Cello 1872 50618

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