One of the most successful workshops in France, J.T.L., as it was known, produced instruments across the spectrum of quality. They were known for their consistent quality, even as apprentices from all over Europe came to study with the firm. They won countless awards and prizes; in 1877 Thibouville was granted the Chevalier of the Legion of Honour, the highest award in France. This viola was part of their high-end production. Though small in size, the tone is big and sonorous, rich in color.