EPINETTE DES VOSGES LA FEUILLEE DOROTHEE
Epinette des Vosges by Albert BALLADIER successor of Ame LAMBERT, made in Val d'Ajol (France) circa 1900.
Maple body, ribs veneered of bois de rose.
Spruce table veneered of ash, Art Nouveau design of the school of Nancy, marquetry of maple boughs, bird eyes maple leaves; mother of pearl flowers, two soundholes : one in heart shape, the other one in four leaf clover; beech heel.
Brass nut, bridge, tailpiece and 17 frets.
Maple head, brass machine with bone buttons.
Two melodic strings, three drones.
Four neels on the back to fix the instrument to a table.
Branded on the back : FEUILLEE DOROTHEE
VAL D'AJOL VOSGES
Total length : 613 mm
Scale : 474 mm
The craze of hydrotherapy at the end of XIX ° century made develop itself in countrysides surrounding the cures towns of the farms-inn which we called the 'Feuillées'.
Dorothée Vançon owner of Feuillée Vançon to the Val d' Ajol where we already played the 'epinette des Vosges', sold her establishment to Amé LAMBERT in 1875, which continued a career of maker of 'epinette desVosges' begun in his farm, the inn there bearing from now on the name of 'la Feuillée Dorothée'.
The son-in-law of Lambert, Albert Balladier, succeeded him in 1895, making epinettes on the same model as his stepfather until 1919.