Birth : 1892 in Saint Julien En Genevois Death : 1984 in Meylan (Isère)

Biography

Career
Lucien SCHMITT was trained as a violinist  before beginning his apprenticeship in 1910 in Mirecourt in the workshop of Léon MOUGENOT with whom he remained for two years.
After a training period in the bow workshop of C.N. BAZIN,  Lucien SCHMITT joined Alfred VIDOUDEZ's workshop in Geneva (Switzerland) and then Paul Victor LORANGE's workshop in Lyon.
After first World War Lucien SCHMITT joined CARESSA & FRANCAIS in Paris and then BOVIS's workshop in Nice, which at the time was operated by Miss BOVIS.
In 1922 Lucien SCHMITT established himself in Grenoble before moving his workshop to Meylan in 1941, a small village in the Grenoble area.

Works
Lucien SCHMITT began with the production of instruments built in the style of the classical Masters. He then developed his own models, one in the style of N. Amati, one inspired by the Guarnerius, called 'Modèle Soliste," and a third model, adhering to a very personal pattern called "Mieulx ne Sçay" (which loosely translates as "I can do no better"), widely considered SCHMITT's most accomplished work.

Just prior to his death, the Lucian SCHMITT's total production was estimated at:
- 251 violins
- 6 to 8 violas
- 1 cello (which was lost in the Agadir earthquake)

Collaborator & successor
Jean SCHMITT (son of Lucien SCHMITT)

Sources
- Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers. René VANNES.
- Universal Dictionnary of Violin & Bow Makers. William Henley.
(More specfic publication references are available in our Bibliography section.)

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