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  1. Really not at all sure that this is French. Those corners, especially the ones on the back, look much more like German work and I don't think the placement of the sound-holes fit the style usually associated with French work.
  2. Does it?? on the ribs maybe on earlier Mittenwald, but backs?? Markneukirchen, yes plenty, but Mittenwald, I don't remember seeing slab backs often at all.
  3. No Mittenwald features that I can see. I'd guess late 19th century, certainly not old enough to warrant a graft on the basis of age. Looks Markneukirchen to me, scroll possibly older, but I don't think it is.
  4. Looks like something that would have been made in Markneulirchen c.1900 to me
  5. It has been a gradual process, and the usual tedious platitudes such as " it can't tell you when it was made, or who made it" although essentially correct, or "you have to know where the tree grew" essentially incorrect, fall flat now under the weight of the information gleaned from the increasing databases.
  6. They look patently from the same workshop to me, and if the Smithsonian is from Derazey workshop, I suspect this one is too.
  7. Why?? It actually is not that instrument.
  8. I know that some people doubt the accuracy of the attribution, although the latest ring on its one-piece belly falls in the early part of the 16th century, so on that front, it certainly does not rule out that maker, or ANY other ( I just say that to humor Jacob S. and before anybody points it out)
  9. The ones listed are single examples of the most significant correlations, some by Stradivari also cross-match with lower stats. There were more than one location that were exploited for tonewood in the 17th century.
  10. I think this one, although I am not 100% is one of the pressed ones with one-piece front and back. The can sound very, hmm.... loud
  11. I care That was a long time ago, there are plenty more instruments cross-matching with the Dumas, the best being a Rugeri cello which may well be from the same tree. This is followed by a Pietro Guarneri of Mantova (not from the same tree), Andrea Guarneri, Rugeri violin, another ex-Maggini now Rogeri, a Guarneri Filius Andreae, another Andrea Guarneri another ex-Maggini, etc.. "significantly cross-matches" does not ever imply a same-tree connection, it simply denotes a statistically significant relationship. It's all to do with the level of statistical significance, and the adequacy of the relationship when data are plotted on a graph. Who says the Kievman viola hasn't been tested?
  12. French "Caussin type"
  13. Most unusual, 6 piece front and is that purfling whalebone??
  14. and the scroll couldn't be anything else than a ropy French one..
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