Birth : 1903 in Belfort (Franche-Compté)

Biography

Career
René MARICHAL's father, director of a teacher's training college, was organizing acoustical theoretical and experimental lectures dedicated to apprentices and violin makers in Mirecourt.
It is through these lectures that the young René MARICHAL became more familiar with the violin-making world.
René MARICHAL first visited different Mirecourt workshops, among them J. Thibouville Lamy, where he learnt the basis of the craft before joining Ernest MAUCOTEL in Paris.
In 1926, he won the gold medal at the "Meilleur Artisan de France" Paris Exhibition. (Best craftman in France).
Towards the end of 1926 he settled his workshop in Algiers (Algeria)

Works
After René Vannes, René MARICHAL worked with a personal model coated with a red-brown varnish.
The only violin we know after this maker bears the main features of a fine Mirecourt instrument of his time.

Workshop
Rue des Généraux Morris,  located close to the Beaux Arts school, in the Marine quarter in Algier.

Honors & awards
1926 - Gold medal at the "Meilleur Artisan de France" Paris exhibition.

Label  & Stamp
Instruments by René MARICHAL bear a printed label reading.
"René Marichal
Luthier A Alger 19... N° ... "
A Stamp, to the inside back and top can also be found, including
"René Marichal" inside an oval.

Sources:
- Dictionnaire Universel des Luthiers, René VANNES.

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