c.1830-1850 Eckhardt-Gramatte Joachim George Chanot I violin
This violin was one of twelve instruments owned by the Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim (1831-1907). While in the possession of Joachim, the violin was inventoried as the work of “J.B. Vuillaume.” More recently, the violin has been identified and certified as the work of George Chanot I - circa 1830-1850.
George Chanot I was born in Mirecourt, France in 1801 and died in Courcelles, Belgium in 1883. George moved to Paris in 1819 to work for his older brother Joseph, working alongside another apprentice J.B. Vuillaume. Both me later becoming known as the foremost violin experts in France. George’s fame was due in part to his exceptional bench copies of Guarnerius Del Gesu violins. These violins were always made with select materials, both for their beauty and sound production.
Joseph Joachim’s daughter-in-law Suzanne Chaigneau gave this violin to Russian-German-Austrian-Canadian composer, pianist, and violinist Sophie-Carmen (Sonia) Eckhardt-Gramatté, when Sonia was about 16 years old. In 1915, Suzanne wrote in her diary: “I have sent Sonia the little violin ‘vieux Paris’”. Sonia played all her concerts on this violin and made recordings for Odeon in it.
- Loan from The Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation.
The Eckhardt-Gramatté Foundation is a charitable organization, established in 1982 by Dr Ferdinand Eckhardt, former director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, in memory and honour of his late wife, the composer and musician Sophie Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatté and her first husband, German Expressionist Walter Gramatté, for the purpose of advancement of public appreciation, understanding and education of the musical and artistic works of these two people in Canada and elsewhere.
Sonia’s lifelong dream of creating a means by which the music of contemporary composers could make its presence felt by young musicians on the threshold of their careers was fulfilled, after her death, with the financial support of the Foundation through the creation of the E-Gré National Music Competition for the performance of Canadian and contemporary music, held annually at Brandon University.
- Acquired: 2017
- Value: $140,000