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Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (French, Mirecourt 1798–1875 Paris)
mid-19th century
Paris, France
Spruce and maple
Body L.: 75.5 cm (29-1/2 in.); Upper bouts: 34.2 cm (13-1/2 in.) Middle bouts; 23.6 cm (9-1/2 in.; Lower bouts: 43.9 cm (17-1/2 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Peter Blos, 1984
Accession Number:
Not on view
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1798-1875) is considered to be the finest and most important luthier of the nineteenth century. He made over 3,000 instruments and carried out many experiments including a giant three-stringed "Octobass" which stood over 11 feet high.
Marking: (labelled): Jean Baptiste Vuillaume a Paris/Rue Croix des Petits Champs
Dr. Peter Blos
Agustín Maruri in The Charm of Spain. CD. Recording., EMEC Distribution. 2000.

"Notable Acquisitions 1983-1984: Musical Instruments." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin (1984), pg. 82, ill.

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