Nicolas Lupot

Cello laget av Nicolas Lupot i Paris 1823. Dette instrumentet spilles på av Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wærvågen.

Selv om Nicolas Lupot ble født i Stuttgart i 1758, var han enormt innflytelsesrik og viktig i blomstringen av fransk fiolinbygging i det nittende århundre.

The Lupot family had roots in Mirecourt in the mid-seventeenth century, and may even have extended back to the sixteenth century Lupo violinmakers of London and the Netherlands. Nicolas’ father Francois was born in Plombieres, but took an appointment as violin maker to the Duke of Wurttemberg in Stuttgart. Nicolas trained there with his father, but began a working partnership with Francois Pique of Paris in around 1792. Lupot moved to Paris himself in 1794, and was quickly established as the leading maker there. His brother Francois joined him and became one of the foremost bowmakers of Paris, and his assistants Charles Francois Gand and Auguste Bernardel went on to found another leading Paris atelier.

Lupot paved the way for the work of J.B.Vuillaume, the best-known and most successful makers of his time. His style is based on enlightened re-examination of the work of the old masters, and in particular a deep understanding and appreciation of the work of Antonio Stradivari, up until that point still somewhat swamped by the popularity of bulbous-arched Staines imitations throughout Northern Europe.

Lupot’s cellos are rare, which makes this example, in an almost unequalled state of preservation, all the more significant. Lupot followed Stradivari’s perfectionist workmanship devotedly, and this cello is built on the most famous of the master’s cello models, designated the ’Forma B’ by Stradivari himself. Certain touches are Lupot’s own, the slightly exaggerated turn of the purfling mitres in the corners, and an increased fullness in the breadth of the arch across the centre of the instrument, showing Lupot’s conscious effort not just to duplicate, but to improve, both aesthetically and tonally, on the work of the maestro Stradivari. The return to precision and care in construction, and his farsighted recognition of Stradivari’s superiority are Lupot’s legacy to the makers of Paris, and ultimately to all modern luthiers.

Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wærvaagen

Spiller: Nicolas Lupot

Frida Fredrikke Waaler Wærvågen er en norsk cellist med en lang og solid bakgrunn. Hun har vunnet priser og stipend internasjonalt og nasjonalt. (Foto: Morgan Nicolaysen).   

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