Birth : 1827 in Mirecourt (Vosges) Death : 1887 in Pontorson (Manche)

Biography

Career
Son  of the violin maker Sebastien MIREMONT, Claude-Augustin MIREMONT served his apprenticeship in Mirecourt under his father before joining Claude Nicolas. COLLIN's workshop.

In 1844 Claude Augustin MIREMONT came to Paris to join Joseph René LAFLEUR's workshop, where he was likely trained as a bow maker.
MIREMONT then joined the workshop of Sebastien Auguste BERNARDEL with whom he remained until 1852, at which point he left France for New York.

In 1861 (or 1862 depending on sources) Claude Augustin MIREMONT returned to France to establish his own workshop, first at N° 6 Faubourg Poissonière (his workshop was still located there in1867 according to Malou HAINE), then farther down the same street at number 20.

MIREMONT retired in Belleville in 1884 before coming to Pontorson (Manche) where he died in 1887.


Works
C.A. MIREMONT is considered one of the greatest violin makers of the second part of the 19th century.
His work, especially his cellos, are highly appreciated by musicians, violin makers and collectors.
According to René VANNES , MIREMONT is thought to have produced bows as well.
We have yet to come across a sample of his bow production, however.

Label & Stamp
Claude Augustin Miremeont used two different labels :
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EXPOSITIONS UNIVERSELLES DE 1853-55-62-67
QUATRE PREMIERS PRIX
C.A. MIREMONT. Breveté S.G.D.G.
PARIS AN 187.
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CA MIREMONT
fecit Parisiis
Anno Dni, 18..
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Honors and Awards
1853 New York International Exhibition.
1855 Paris International Exhibition. First class medal.
1862 London International Exhibition. First class medal.
1867 Paris International Exhibition. Silver medal.
1878 Paris International Exhibition. Silver medal.

Collaborators
BARBE Telesphore Amable
CUNAULT G. (1873-1882)
DEROUX S.A (foreman from 1873 to 1884 )

Sources:
- Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers, René VANNES.
- La Lutherie et les luthiers. Antoine VIDAL.
- La Lutherie Lorraine et Française, Albert JACQUOT.
- Tableaux des Expositions de 1798 à 1900. Malou HAINE
(More specific publication references are available in our Bibliography section.)

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