One of the most prolific French makers of the 19th century, Paul Blanchard made roughly 1,200 instruments in his lifetime. He was born in Mirecourt and worked for Vuillaume before settling in Lyon around 1875. Until about 1885 his instruments owed much stylistically to those of Silvestre, ...Read More with thin purfling, while later the purfling becomes wider, the top and back less hollowed at the edges. The varnish is usually a brilliant red. Blanchard used several labels and, after 1885, an interior brand with his initials.
- The auction record for this maker is $28,750 in Oct 2006, for a cello. - 107 auction price results.