Birth : 1845 in Sommervillier. (Meurthe et Moselle) Death : 1913 in Neuilly-Plaisance

Summary

Also known as Hippolyte CHRETIEN SILVESTRE.

Biography

Carrer
His genuine name being CHRETIEN he took for professional reasons the name of his mother's uncle Pierre SILVESTRE.
Served his apprenticeship in Mirecourt (Vosges) before joining his uncles in Lyon, Pierre et Hippolyte SILVESTRE.
He succeed them in 1865 at the age of twenty.
In 1884, he left lyon to go to Paris where he settled his workshop 24, rue Poissonière, before moving soon after to N° 20 and then n° 25 of the same street.
In 1891 he asked Ernest MAUCOTEL, who was at that time working for his uncle E.A. SALZARD in Moscow, to join him.
In 1900, Ernest MAUCOTEL and Hippolyte SILVESTRE joined together to found the firm SILVESTRE & MAUCOTEL. Their association lasted until the death of Hippolyte SILVESTRE in 1913.

Works
Hippolyte Chrétien SILVESTRE can be considered as one of the great maker of the French school. He has won prizes in the main competition of his time and his copies of the great Italian Classic Masters are of a great beauty. Instruments signed by SILVESTRE & MAUCOTEL are generally inspired from the Italian School and particularly after the Venetian masters as Sanctus Seraphin, Montagnana or Gofriller.

Label & Stamps
Printed label :
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H.C. SILVESTRE NEVEU
à Lyon en 18.. n°..
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Stamped to the inside neck block:
SILVESTRE
NEVEU
A LYON


Collaborators
BLANCHARD Paul (1872-1876)
DELIVET Auguste (1887-1892)
Paul SERDET (1877-1893)
MAUCOTEL & DESCHAMPS  1913 successors.


Successors
1913
Ernest MAUCOTEL & Paul DESCHAMP under the name MAUCOTEL & DESCHAMP.

Sources
La Lutherie Lorraine et Française. Albert Jacquot.
La Lutherie Lyonnaise. Jean Frédéric Schmitt
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