Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin-Mézin père, Paris 1890's
Charles Jean-Baptiste Collin-Mézin père (b.1841, d.1924) was one of the preeminent luthiers of his time. He won gold and silver medals at the Paris Exhibitions in 1878, 1889, and 1900 and was named, “Officier de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts”. Among those who praised his work were Brahms collaborator Joseph Joachim and Paganini’s sole disciple Ernesto Camillo Sivori. This instrument is in spectacular condition but as it an excellent player and was therefore used extensively, it shows more cosmetic wear. Its tone is mellower than our 1885 Collin-Mézin père. It has a sweet and smooth sound with warm and complex overtones that are sure to delight the player. It is a truly wonderful example of this prestigious maker's work on par with our other example.