Laurent Bourlier came from one of the more established families of violin makers in Mirecourt, with a legacy going back to the middle of the eighteenth century. Some of his labels declare an association with Nicolas Lupot – more accurately “Bourlier / Après N.Lupot” and this violoncello goes some considerable distance towards vindicating the claim. The model is very flat and powerful in keeping with Lupot and some of the principal Parisian makers of the early 1800s, perhaps reminding me closer the work of Aldric than Lupot, but nevertheless solidly Parisian in it’s modelling. The lighter varnish, and choice of plainer wood distance it from Parisian work and make it characteristic of the very best of Mirecourt work of the early nineteenth century, before the village centred on factory production.
It is very pleasing to be able to represent cellos of this quality, having much of the properties of the finest French workmanship at price reflecting it’s Mirecourt origins.
Kai’s violoncello has enjoyed a distinguished professional career over the last decade, and was recently replaced by it’s first owner with a Vuillaume: Higher praise is difficult to come by. This copy of a Venetian cello by Matteo Goffriller has a huge sound and excellent projection. A serious cello for a young cellist going through Conservatoire and into the profession beyond.
Andrew copied a cut-down original by the might Venetian maker, Domenico Montagnana. The narrowed proportions provide an extremely successful model which is reflected in this copy. A great looking and great sounding instrument with great depth and reserves of sound.
A good entry-level baroque cello which took the last owner through conservatoire and into the profession. The instrument was made in Mirecourt in the first half of the nineteenth-century, and has an original setup that is quite close to late-eighteenth century standards. The model of the cello is loosely derived from pre-Stradivarian forms with particularly characterful soundholes that add to it’s character and suitability within a baroque band. Antique cellos suitable for period performance priced under £10,000 are very difficult to find. This has been a great first step for a performer in the past and deserves to find another upcoming player.