1871 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin

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1871 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin

This violin was made by Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume of Paris, one of the best luthiers of his era. The volin bears the master's signature on the upper back as well as his number and brand stamp – markings that indicate the maker’s highest level of quality. The violin is in near mint condition and is an exact copy of the famed 1716 Antonio Stradivari, known as the “Messiah” or “Messie,” that Vuillaume brought out of Italy after the death of its owner, Luigi Tarisio, in 1854. More recently, in 2001, it was rescued from a devastating house fire in which the owner lost all other personal belongings.

  • Purchased by the Canada Council for the Arts (with funds from the Edith Davis Webb endowment)
  • Acquired: 2012
  • Value: $260,000.