Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume passed away on March 19th 1875, leaving many fantastic instruments. This particular violin ex-Alard, ex-Grumiaux bears the serial number 2012. According to the list in Roger Millant’s book “J. B. Vuillaume” (1972), the violin was built in 1855. The following citation is written in the violin’s certificate by Caressa and Français: “One of the most beautiful works made by the hands of J. B. Vuillaume” (Une des plus belles oeuvres sortie de la main de J. B. Vuillaume).