: found a violin with a label that reads:
: rue de bussy no.30
: faub st-germain
: pres laruede seine a paris
: aldric, luthier
: fait violon, alto, violencelle et guitare
: anno. 1812
: it has a grafted neck, honey yellow varnish, and appears to be legit. there are also 2 small swastikas with a number next to them on the lower bout.
: does anyone know anything about this instrument? and the approximate value?
According to Henley, Jean Francois Aldric worked in Paris 1788-1843, "These instruments, of which character is allied to a technical mastery, will occupy a front place in the honored list of French makers to be recorded in the future history of art." His Stradivari model "is deserving the highest approval - truly excellent in elegance and proportion......" Grain of wood used for the top is not infrequently irregular in width, doubtless due to the fact that, unlike some French instruments with even-grained wood that were rather hard in tone, he worked to produce a rich tone. Some of his instruments resemble the Italian quality of tone to an astounding degree. Massive-looking scrolls denoting a vigilant attendance on fine design. Prettily cut sound holes more slightly raised than the Stradivarian, Varnish generally dark red, occasionally deep golden yellow, sometimes rich in appearance.He also made a few semi-Guarnerian models on which he put a lighter orange-brown varnish that was spiritless and common-looking.
Two violins by Jean Francois Aldric sold at auction in recent years for $21,808 and $22,036. One attributed to him sold for $5,401.