Theft alert: Violin and viola stolen near Paris

Theft alert: Violin and viola stolen near Paris


norman lebrecht

September 01, 2019

Aleth Michel has suffered the loss of two valued instruments in a housebreak-in this weekend at Gif-sur-Yvette, a south-western suburb of Paris. Aleth tells Slipped Disc:

‘They smashed a bay window to get in and grabbed the two instruments. A teenage son in the house heard the noise, went to see what was happening and the burglars ran away.’

The viola has a label ‘Aleth Michel Luthier made in Bristol 1999’ and is modelled on a Pietro G Mantegazza 1793 (bottom length on vault 404.5 mm, top width of the bottom on vault 195,5 mm , the cs width on vault 131 mm and measured with a backstage foot 127,5 mm, width on the bottom of the lower part 244 mm). In a black Chinese Trapezoidal Box, with a dark blue interior and cover for the instrument. Two viola bows in the box one signed Gilles Chancereul.

The violin has a LOUIS GUERSAN 1747 label, bottom of a very wavy wood piece (bottom length on vault 364 mm but normal fork length of 195 mm) the varnish is dark brown red. Tw bows.

Please contact Aleth on Facebook if you are offered these instruments.



  • V.Lind says:

    Looks as if someone knew what they were after. Hope they are recovered.