An Old French Violin, by Francois Barbe
Branded internally “J. BARBE PERE” and written 1710. Violin probably made in the mid 19th century. Francois Barbe possibly worked with his father, Jacques Barbe in a certain period at Mirecourt between 1880-1889.The two pieces top made with a very narrow spruce wood, and shows with plenty of bear claw figures. The one piece back matched with the ribs, grains that are soft and narrow flamed. The corners are relatively prolonged. The violin was made in a typical Stradivarius model, and colored with semi-opaque yellow-brownish varnish.