Son of a violin repairman, Jean Bauer trained with Marius Didier in Mattaincourt before settling in Le Havre, Normandy, in 1936. With the turbulence of the Nazi occupation, Bauer moved to Angers, where he spent the rest of his celebrated career. He was highly decorated for his instruments at competitions in Paris in 1929, 1931 and 1937, Toulouse, in 1931 Angers, in 1942, and The Hague, in 1949. This violin is made on his own model, at the height of his abilities, with characteristically stellar workmanship and beautiful red-orange varnish. The instrument is in superb condition. The tone is vibrant and rich, at once nuanced and powerful.