Nicolas Lupot

Highest auction price achieved
£ 176000.00

By George Hart

Son of François, born at Stuttgard in 1758, removed with his father to Orleans in 1770. He established himself in Paris his fame having reached that city some time before. The attention which he soon received from the musical world of Paris proved to him that his removal was advantageous. He had not long been in Paris before he was honoured with Nicolas Lupot, Luthier, rue Croix the patronage of des-petits-champs, a Paris, 1'an 1817 the Conservatory of Music, an honour which is attended with many benefits, the chief of which is the making of a Violin annually, to be awarded as a prize to the most successful student among the Violinists. By this arrangement the maker has an opportunity of exercising to the best advantage all the skill of which he is capable, as he is at once aware that the attention of the public is directed to the constructor of the prize as well as to the receiver, and that an immediate road to popularity is thus opened. Lupot's appointment as maker to the Conservatoire was enjoyed by his successor, François Gand, and is still retained by the latter's son, in conjunction with Bernadel. Nicolas Lupot may be justly termed the French Stradivari. He was an artist in every sense of the word. He regarded the works of Stradivari with the utmost veneration. While, however, he laboured unceasingly to imitate him, he scorned all those mischievous maturing processes common to the majority of French copyists ; he never desired that his copy should pass with the unwary as the original; it left his hands wholly unsophisticated. There is not an instance in which he did not varnish the copy all over, leaving time to do its work of wear, although by so doing he doubtless sacrificed much in his own time, inasmuch as all new Violins so varnished have a crude appearance, notwithstanding any amount of high finish expended upon them. What, however, Lupot lost in his own day has been awarded to his name a hundredfold since. He seldom occupied himself in copying Guarneri or Amati, although there are a few beautiful examples met with now and again in which he adopted these forms. Stradivari was his idol, and from the fact already mentioned, that he is very rarely found to have followed any other model than that of Stradivari, he would seem to have been aware of his own peculiar fitness for the the great master's design. Every feature of Lupot's instruments was clearly a matter of study with him. It cannot be said of him, as of most other makers, that certain points are good, while others are weak. Every portion of his work contributes to the harmonious whole. The outline is perfect; the soundhole is executed in a masterly manner; the model, purfling, and scroll of equal merit. He was untouched in his own day, and his productions have never Jbeen approached since. It may safely be said that Lupot is the king of modern makers, and his works will be more valued as time rolls on. The varnish of Lupot is peculiar to him. Its qualities are good, being free from hardness. Though it is not of the Italian type, neither is it of the kind usually met with on the Violins of his contemporaries: it may be described as a quality of varnish coming between the Italian and French. Its colour varies between light and dark red. Age has assisted in heightening its lustre, and although it will never rank with the varnish of Cremona, yet it will hold its own among the varnishes of modern times. It is said that many instruments having the name of Pique in them are the work of Lupot, and this misnomer is accounted for by the story that Pique purchased them in an unvarnished state, and varnished them with his preparation. Be this as it may, it is certain that the varnish of Pique could not serve to benefit such instruments ; on the contrary, it would reduce their value. The tone of Lupot's instruments improves yearly. The quality is round and telling, and free from roughness. He died in Paris in 1824, aged 66, and was succeeded in his business by his son-in-law, François Gand.

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Price History

Type Title Sold Price
Violin 35.6 cm Paris, 1799 Wed 1st June 11 £ 176000.00
Violin 35.6 cm France, 19th C. [Atributed to] Fri 1st October 10 £ 10000.00
Violin 36.1 cm Paris, 1804 Tue 1st June 10 £ 80777.00
Violin 35.6 cm [Ascribed to] Thu 1st April 10 £ 14926.00
Violin 35.8 cm Paris, 1798 Mon 1st March 10 £ 91250.00
Cello 75.0 cm Orléans, 1972/1973 c. Tue 1st December 09 £ 139273.00
Violin 35.8 cm Orleans, 1790 c. [Attributed to] Mon 1st June 09 £ 10500.00
Violin 35.8 cm Paris, 1801 Sat 1st November 08 £ 62864.00
Violin 36.1 cm [Ascribed to] [Lit: The Cooper Collection] Sat 1st March 08 £ 22100.00
Violin 36.0 cm Orleans, 1775 Sun 1st April 07 £ 18195.00
Violin 36.1 cm 1785 [Attributed to] Mon 1st May 06 £ 3161.00
Violin 35.9 cm Orléans, 1785 Wed 1st February 06 £ 18000.00
Violin Paris, 1820 c. Wed 1st June 05 £ 10867.00
Violin Paris, 1796 Fri 1st October 04 £ 56704.00
Cello Orleans, 1793 Thu 1st July 04 £ 106400.00
Violin 1783 Sat 1st June 02 £ 22864.00
Violin 1798 Wed 1st May 02 £ 54683.00
Violin 1794 Thu 1st June 00 £ 24044.00
Violin 1790 Tue 1st June 99 £ 17250.00
Violin 1820 Sun 1st November 98 £ 62000.00
Violin 1809 Sun 1st November 98 £ 80700.00
Violin 1798 Tue 1st June 93 £ 52800.00
Violin 1805 Mon 1st June 92 £ 22000.00
Violin 1800 c. Fri 1st June 90 £ 30800.00
Violin 1811 Thu 1st March 90 £ 44000.00
Violin 1805 (scroll later) Wed 1st November 89 £ 23100.00
Violin 1805 Tue 1st November 88 £ 72600.00
Violin 1813 Tue 1st November 88 £ 50600.00
Violin 1805 Sat 1st June 85 £ 30800.00
Violin 182- Tue 1st November 83 £ 8583.00
Violin 1793 Fri 1st October 82 £ 9706.00
Violin 1777 Thu 1st January 81 £ 3422.00
Violin 1789 Sat 1st March 80 £ 5378.00
Violin 18-- Sat 1st March 80 £ 17111.00
Violin 1803 Sat 1st March 80 £ 7333.00

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