This illustration of a violin by Nicolas Lupot was published in The Strad, December 1972. The following text is extracted from the article accompanying the photographs:
This violin has been very little played upon, for the varnish although somewhat fragile is very well preserved, and up until 1966 when it came into the hands of a well-known Parisian violin maker, it still possessed its original bass-bar, fingerboard and neck.
Nicolas Lupot was born in Stuttgart in 1758, the son and pupil of Francois Lupot. Around 1766 the family moved to Orleans and Nicolas’ earliest violins are dated form the city. In about 1794 he went to Paris and his finest efforts are dated from there, his best period being the first decade of the 1800s. In 1815 he was appointed official luthier of the Paris Conservatoire.
Although Lupot was probably the finest copyist of Stradivarius who ever lived, he did not copy his idol slavishly. His work, both external and internal is scrupulously finished and the outlines of Stradivarius, and very occasionally Guarneri and Amati, exactly reproduced.
The one-piece back of the illustrated violin is of maple cut half-slab, with an irregular broad figure slanting steeply downwards from the right towards the left flank. Sides are of maple with a figure of medium width. Table is of spruce, wide grained at the centre and opening outwards towards the flanks. Scroll is of maple with a faint figure of medium width and the chamfer of the scroll is picked out in black. The varnish, which is plentiful, is of a red-brown colour.
The principal measurements are: Length of body, 14 3/32 inches; Upper bouts, 6 10/32 inches; Middle bouts, 4 7/16 inches; Lower bouts, 8 3/16 inches.