Paul Hilaire, 15-15/16″, Viola, 1963, Mirecourt
A very fine example of Hilaire’s work. This instrument was made on commission for the shop of Moennig & Son in Philadelphia. The two-piece maple back is of narrow curl. The two-piece spruce table is of narrow grain. Measurements: Length of Back: 404 mm (15-15/16″), Upper Bouts: 186 mm, Middle Bouts: 130 mm, Lower Bouts: 238 mm, String Length 374mm
Paul Hilaire (1906-1967) worked with Georges Apparut as his main assistant. He became the partner of Mme Apparut after the death of her husband in 1948. At that time, the firm took the name of “Etablissements Apparut & Hilaire” concentrating on the production of cellos, but also violins and violas. Hilaire initially worked alone, but was eventually able to employ an apprentice and a workman. Hilaire became the official luthier of the Brussels conservatory.
|Dimensions||34 × 15 × 10 in|
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Pennsylvania is an “Origin” state as regards sales tax obligations. Thus, shipments to PA destinations are subject to the Pennsylvania + Philadelphia sales tax of 8%. For shipments to other states we collect sales tax for instruments as required. We recommend that customers check with their state’s Department of Revenue to learn their obligations for reporting and remitting sales tax.
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