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Vuillaume, Jean Baptiste

Born: 1798 AD
Died: 1875 AD
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1798 – Jean Baptiste Vuillaume, born on the 7th of October to a Mirecourt family since both his grand-father and his father were engaged in the same trade. He was an illustrious French violin maker.

1818 – Arrived in Paris to work for François Chanot.

1821 – He joined the workshop of Simon Lété, François-Louis Pique’s son-in-law, Rue Pavée St. Sauveur.

1825 – Settled in the Rue Croix des Petits-Champs under the name of "Lété et Vuillaume".

1827 – At the height of the Neo-Gothic period when many artists were drawing their inspiration from 15th and 16th century cathedrals and monuments, and in order to satisfy the demand of virtuosi and amateurs for great 18th century Italian violin makers, he started to imitate old instruments.

      – He won a silver medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition.

1828 – He set his own business at 46 Rue des Petits-Champs and began creating his own models.

1875 – Nestor Audinot, a pupil of Sébastien Vuillaume, himself Jean-Baptiste’s nephew, succeeded him in his workshop.

       – Died on the 19th of March, t the height of his career, widely regarded as the pre-eminent luthier of his day.

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