Violin by Jehanne H. Blaise, Mirecourt c. 1910
Not much is known about Jehanne H. Blaise though enough extant examples have led to a positive attribution. This violin is a nice example of French violinmaking. It features lovely materials from sources near Mirecourt and is generously covered in a rich wine-red varnish. The workmanship is bold and confident in its execution, if a bit solid. Its mature tone is complex and masculine with plenty of warmth. The hand-written label translates roughly to, " at the sign of the good Lorraine, Jahanne H. Blaise, violinmaker of Mirecourt" and features the Cross of Lorraine between the maker's initials H.B. This charming instrument will be an excellent match for the right violinist.