Violin by

Francois Louis Pique
Paris, 1798

Along with Nicolas Lupot, Francois Pique led the Parisian violin makers away from the prevailing models of Amati and Stainer in favor of a closer adherence to the Stradivari model at the end of the 18th century. Pique’s work was second only to Lupot’s, though Pique was senior and certainly had great influence over the younger maker.

This excellent violin made during Pique’s best, mature period follows a large Stradivari pattern. It remains in excellent condition and has well served its last owner, an important American concertmaster, for nearly a decade.