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Charles Bailly


Charles Bailly was a craftsman in Mirecourt, France who lived from 1879 to 1957, in his hometown. (He should not be confused with Paul Joseph Bailly, Mirecourt 1844 Paris 1907, a student of J. B. Vuillaume.) He was born outside the circle of luthierie to a father who made saddles and was also coach builder. There is no certainty about his initial place of learning, but he worked at the prestigious workshops of George Lotte, Paul Mangenot and Marc Laberte (1906)-there are cellos from this date that have a label: C. Bailly. He became independently established from 1909 and made violin family instruments until 1957 on rue Colonel Mangin, he registered his name as a violin maker as soon as 1911 with the label Charles Bailly Mirecourt. He had several trademarks, like Marcus (the surname of his paternal grandmother) and Mathieu (that of his maternal grandmother) or Marcelin. His violin model is original and has a very good sound. His instruments besides being labeled were sometimes stamped above the end pin-such as is this cello. This cello has no wolf notes.

This Cello is very resonant with a thick tone, lots of volume and is in spectacular condition having been fabricated in 1933. It has a beautiful Spruce Soundboard and highly flamed Maple back and sides. It retains its Original Oil Varnish and the carving of the Scroll is very complete. It has New Pegs, a New End Pin, a Deluxe Aubert Belgian Style Bridge, and a set of Larson strings.

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