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Hello. I have received an old viola which has this brand inside. Is anyone familiar with it? Maybe a trade mark? Thank you very much in advance.

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I've never seen this brand before, but there was a luthier in Paris from ca1783-1820 named Koliker, though the dictionaries often spell his name with one "L." In the Vidal dictionary that one can consult on Roland Terrier's site, he is described as primarily a restorer and repairman, not having left any instruments of his own making, but other sources suggest he was amon gthe early Strad copyists alongside Pique, Lupot, Aldric et. al. He was the teacher of Thibout, and had a shop on rue Croix des Petits Champs next to Lupot, Gand and later where Vuillaume set up shop.

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Sadly the viola has been stripped off and only remains varnish in the original detached neck. It retains the original hole in the heel made by the nail used to attach the neck.

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On 3/15/2019 at 11:35 AM, fiddlecollector said:

Any photos, it may be a long lost   Kerlino :)

Kerlino! One of the great early violin-maker fantasies foisted on the luthery world!

There's not much left to go on, but from the squarish back of the head, the Chapuy-esque corner blocks and the kind of Frebrunet-esque remains of the f-holes, an old Mirecourt sort of origin doesn't seem out of the question. If the ribs are let into a trench in the back that would make old french even more likely. 

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