Birth : 1765 in Mirecourt (Vosges) Death : 1843 in Paris (Ile-de-France)

Biography

Career

Grandson and son of Mirecourt violin makers, Jean-François ALDRIC probably served his apprenticeship with his father, François, Antoine ALDRIC.

There are different opinions regarding the exact date of ALDRIC's establishment in Paris: Albert JACQUOT states that it was in 1788 while R. VANNES maintains that it was in 1785.
According to his labels, we know that in 1820 ALDRIC was established at 16 rue des Arcis in Paris.
He then moved to 30 rue de Bussy, and later to 71 rue de Seine in 1820.

 

Works

ALDRIC's production is composed mainly of violins, with some violas, cellos, and guitars as stated on his labels and invoice papers.
Although he was working in Paris during the second part of the 18th century, JF ALDRIC's choice of models indicates that he created primarily after STRADIVARI rather than AMATI or STAINER. The quality of his rich, thick red or orange-brown varnish make ALDRIC's work completely different from the 18th century Paris school and earned him a place alongside LUPOT, F.L. PIQUE, and VUILLAUME as one of the main violin makers of the first part of the 19th century.

 

Labels

Manuscript label when working at rue des Arcis
Manuscript and then printed label when working at rue de Bussy (or Bussi)
Printed label when working at rue de Seine


Collaborators & successors

Jacques AUBRY, his nephew, succeeded J.F. ALDRIC in 1840 (according to Albert JACQUOT).

 

Sources:

  • Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers, René VANNES.
  • La Lutherie Lorraine et Française, Albert JACQUOT.
  • La Lutherie Parisienne. Tome II. Les Luthiers du XVIII° siècle. Sylvette MILLIOT.
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