Paul Bailly was a pupil of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume who travelled extensively through France, Great Britain and the United States. This early example is very typical Parisian work reflecting his training in one of the great workshops of his time. The model is strongly based on the fabled 1716 ‘Messiah’ and Bailly may have had a hand in some of the precise copies made of it in during his time with Vuillaume. However the outline is slightly narrowed recalling the more slender Stradivari violins of the 1690s. A phenomenal French violin and one of the best sounding examples that I have come across from a generally brilliant maker.
A fine French violin by Paul Bailly, Paris circa 1880.