A fine, excellent condition Leon Mougenot Gauché Violin, on his rarer production Guarneri Model late period inspired pattern, made in 1916, France. With original label. Certificate of authenticity by JJ Rampal, Paris. Powerfully reverberant, dark and smooth tone, with deep sound with nice rounded bass, robust and punchy response, with an even balance and strong resistance across the strings. LOB 354mm UB 16.9cm MB 11.2cm LB 21cm Stop 12.7cm About Leon Mougenot: Léon Mougenot started his apprenticeship with Emile Laurent, and then joined Georges MOUGENOT, a cousin of his father's, in Brussels from 1887 to 1894. He the worked for Paul BLANCHARD, Lyon, from 1894 to 1896, P.Jombar in Paris from 1896 to 1898, briefly with the Hills in London, until he settled his own workshop in Mirecourt in 1899, at 4, avenue Victor Hugo. Mougenot received a Gold medal at the 1909 Nancy international exhibition. His production has three different qualities in his production which can be classified after their label : 1 st : « Léon Mougenot with date and number i.e. #21012 sd : « Léon Mougenot Jacquet Gand », or « Léon Mougenot Gauché » with date. i.e. #22443 rd : « Fait dans l'atelier de Léon Mougenot » or labeled « Copie de A. Stradivarius ».Jacquet was the name of his wife, who belonged to the Gans family of Mirecourt , a different family from the well-known Gand of Paris. Gauché was his mother's name. Violin work is generally labeled «Léon Mougenot» with date and number are stamped to the inside back L‡M. inside a circle. These violins are also signed internally on the table or on the table and back and some of them are dated on the inside back. Rarely found are the round stamps to the inside back of violins bearing the label Léon Mougenot Jacquet Gand. His violins are made mainly after Stradivari and more rarely after Guarneri models, the finest being coated with a rich red-brown or golden-brown varnish. He produced some cellos too, although rare. His production, both violins and cellos, has gained a great reputation both for its workmanship and tonal qualities. Beside the production bearing his own labels he worked for some other makers of his time among them Marcel Vatelot, Joseph Tournier, Léon Bernardel, and Joseph Hel. On a more regular basis he made violins for Pierre Hel (Stradivarius Moderne) for whom he worked at least between 1919 and 1928 and for Paul Jombar as early as 1907. He also made violins for the HILL brothers and his work is still well appreciated in Great Britain. Collaborators : Throughout his professional life Leon Mougenot trained more than 75 apprentices or collaborators whom among the most significant are Paul Bish, Carlo and Leandro Bisiach, Paul Crolet, Philippe Dupuy, Charles Enel, Pierre Enel, René Jacquemin, Louis Jombar et Jean-Paul, Max Millant, Lucien Ragot, Lucien Schmitt, Jean Streibig, Marcel Vatelot, and Gustave Villaume.