A very fine instrument by Justin Derazey.
Justin Derazey was the son of Joseph Honoré Derazey, a renowned violin maker and pupil of Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume. Justin learned his craft from his father and eventually established his own workshop in Mirecourt around 1850. In 1864 he purchased the business of Joseph Nicolas, instruments produced from that date are stamped “J Nicolas Fils” as well as having his own label. Justin Derazey succeeded his father in 1879.