In Focus: c.1845-50 violin by Georges Chanot

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Roland Baumgartner examines an instrument by one of the most important 19th-century French makers

Georges Chanot was born in 1801 in Mirecourt, France. He learnt the craft of violin making from his father, Joseph Chanot, and moved to Paris in around 1819. Soon after he started there, he began to create cornerless violins (as did Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume around the same time). These were designed by his elder brother François Chanot, a naval engineer by trade, rather than a violin maker. This new design had relatively modest success.

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