Auguste Darte **


Inventory no.: 2.307.9E4A.P A.Darte 1885 06/20
Maker: Auguste Darte
Region: Mirecourt, France
Year: c.1885
Tone: Warm, Sonorous, Rich in overtones



In 1839 Nicolas Vuillaume married Darte’s mother, Rosalie Zoegger, thus becoming Darte’s stepfather. Auguste Darte served his apprenticeship under Nicolas Vuillaume in Mirecourt. After joining the Parisian workshop of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume for a brief period, Auguste Darte returned to Mirecourt to become the collaborator of Nicolas Vuillaume. In 1865 Auguste Darte succeeded Nicolas Vuillaume, perpetuating the production of this great worksop and its well-known Stentor violins. When Auguste Darte ceased his activity, the “Stentor” brand was sold to the firm Gautrot. Labels & Stamps used Stamped in an oval, to the inside neck block Fabrique A Darte A Mirecourt Collaborators & successors CLAUDOT François LAURENT Emile The two piece back of maple of medium-fine curl running horizontally across the back, the ribs, peg box and scroll of similar curl.  The two piece front of spruce of broad grain. This French violin sound of this welis mature, resonant, warm, sweet, rich in overtones – balanced across the strings.

Audio Sample

Title: Bruch Violin Concerto no.1, first movement




*Percentages shown below are an accurate indicator of the violin’s respective characteristics among TMX’s collection of violins.

Warm 90%
Sonorous 70%
Rich in overtones 90%


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