Louis Collenot was a French stringed instrument maker during the late
19th -early 20th century, producing most instruments during the 1910s
to 30s. He was based at various times in Paris and Reims.
It is very difficult to estimate a value for your friend's violin. My
suggestion would be to take the instrument to a professional stringed
instrument seller for valuation. Check the Yellow Pages in your area.
The website www.violin-auctions.com states
"Typical valuation of the violin is determined by :
- Reputation of the maker.
- Age and condition of the instrument.
- Skill and craftsmanship of the maker.
- Tonal qualities and playability."
( source: http://www.violin-auctions.com/about )
Another website, ( http://www.violin-world.com/services/valuations.html
)offers three types of valuations:
"1. Verbal valuation which includes a description of the instrument,
its maker, some history and its approximate value - AUD$25.00
2. Written valuation (for insurance purposes), which include a signed
document describing the instrument, its origin, history, dimensions
and its current market value - AUD$105.00 and AUD$35.00 for an upgrade
3. Certifications which give a comprehensive history and description
of the instrument, and color photographs from various angles -
AUD$250.00 and AUD$70.00 for an upgrade"
There are some online listings for Louis Collenot stringed instruments
which mention a sale price. However without knowing any specifics
(e.g., age, tonal qualities, etc.) it is difficult to say if your
friend's violin is comparable to these.
All Things Strings: Musical Instrument Auction results
This site lists a:
"COLLENOT, LOUIS [T5/OV 26] Good French Violin in excellent condition:
Paris, 1931 1,800/3,000 $1,540 £1,080 DM3,403 ¥187,988"
This Dutch dealer is offering a Collenot cello for USD$15,000
ViVaCe Strings Collenot Cello
Number 328 in the catalogue of this Vichy auction last month is:
"Violon de Louis COLLENOT fin XIXème fait à Reims. Assez bon état.
351mm." and was expected to sell for 2000-2500 Euro.
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I hope this information is useful to your friend,
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Clarification of Answer by
06 Jul 2002 21:00 PDT
I'm sorry if my answer failed to meet your expectations. As I stated
above, there are a lot of variables to take into consideration. I
definitely think a professional opinion will give your friend a better
idea as to collectibility of his/her instrument.
Collenot's instruments are perhaps not often sold: The only listing on
this large dealer's website that I found was for a Collenot bow,
listed for sale at USD$1,481.20 at
This website also has a disscussion board, where you or your friend
might consider posting a question regarding the instrument's history
There is a useful site with a great bibliograpy online at the
Smithsonian Institute's homepage,
Your library may be able to get a copy of "The Universal Dictionary of
Violin and Bow Makers" by William Henley, 1997. This definitely lists
Collenot, and gives a little information about his instruments.
Collenot was never highly prolific and is comparitively modern; hence,
there is little information available regarding his works.