Paul Francois Blanchard
(1851 – 1912)
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, grandson of François Blanchard, and apprenticed with Auguste Darte from 1865. He then worked for Vuillaume before settling in Lyon around 1875, where he became official luthier ...Read More to the Lyon Conservatoire.
Until about 1885 his instruments owed much stylistically to those of Silvestre, 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.
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