Biography of Nicolas Lupot
Great french violin maker. Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1758, during a short stay of its parents. His family was from Lorraine, France. He started after returning to Orléans, France, as an apprentice in his father’s workshop at the age of 12, around 1770. He left Orléans, to work in Paris in 1794 and opens his own workshop in 1798.
His instruments of great quality gave him the name of « Stradivarius français » or « french Stradivarius ». His violins are inspired by master Stradivari with a personal touch very evident on « f » holes, among others. He was the maker for bow instruments of Paris Conservatory winners, violin maker for la Chappelle Royale and he was given the title of Luthier de l’Ecole Royale de Musique.
He took Charles-François Gand as an apprentice and became his successor, giving an important violin maker family.
Lupot died in Paris in 1824.
Quote about Nicolas Lupot
“No luthier had noted so carefully and did know as well as him the qualities of old instruments. Stradivarius was his favorite model, because of the perfection of its forms. On the models of the big beautiful instruments of the Cremona maker that Lupot made his best violins and estimated bass.
Lupot sometimes liked to select suitable wood for construction of a full quintet, consisting of two violins, two violas and one cello, and to give its various instruments a perfect analogy for the quality of sound. These collections of instruments, which rose in the hands of few privileged amateurs have become very rare, Lupot, who also excelled in restoring old instruments and who made indispensable repairs, died in Paris on August 13, 1824, in the establishment he founded at No. 30 of the Croix des Petits Champs street. His son and his most distinguished pupil, C.-F. Gand, succeeded him in the same place and kept religiously the principles of his stepfather for making bow instruments.” Excerpt from Chélonomie or The Perfect Luthier by Abbot Sibire