Birth : 1866 in Paris Death : 1945 in Paris


He was the son of François MOINEL who worked with Ch. E GAND, J GERMAIN and GAND et BERNARDEL. He learnt his craft from his father and finished his apprenticeship with E. GERMAIN, ex. Jean-Baptiste VUILLAUME collaborator.

He then took over the Louis CHERPITEL workshop in Paris in 1899, and from that time signed his instruments « MOINEL-CHERPITEL ».

Charles MOINEL is particularly appreciated for the quality of his copies after the great Italian makers, coated with a fine transparent varnish of golden yellow or a red brown colour. Some authors state that he retired in 1921 or 1922 at Voulangis (Seine et Marne), where he still keep on making violins. An inscription, written by hand inside a very fine violin we have been able to see, dated 1929, and stating « Charles Moinel Luthier à Paris 1929, 18 Fbg Poissonière », arouses questions about this assertion.

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