French luthier Georges Apparut was born in Juvaincourt near Mirecourt in 1877, and died there in 1948. After apprenticing with his father, Léon Apparut, he traveled to Lyons to study with Paul Blanchard, then to Brussels to the workshop of George Mougenot. Apparut returned to Mirecourt in 1902 to work with Marc Laberte for several years, before taking over Victor Joseph Charotte's business in 1925. Employing his two sons and other accomplished makers, including Paul Hilaire, the Apparut workshop thrived as one of the most successful workshops in France during the first half of the 20th century. Apparut's instruments won numerous gold medals at several Worlds Fairs.
Georges Apparut, Mirecourt 1945 Lightly shaded red-brown varnish. 359mm 4/4