Biography of J. B. Vuillaume excerpted from Tarisio Fine Instruments and Bows:
Born in Mirecourt, France, Jean Baptiste Vuillaume (1798–1875) moved to Paris in 1818, where he apprenticed with Georges Chanot before establishing his own workshop. Vuillaume began making copies of instruments of Nicolas Lupot, and became particularly skillful at producing replicas of violins by Antonio Stradivari and Guarneri del Gesù. In 1855, Vuillaume purchased the Italian dealer Luigi Tarisio's stock of 144 instruments, which included some of Stradivari's best works, including the "Messiah" of 1716. Among Vuillaume's many inventions are the giant three-stringed octobass and the self-rehairing bow.
Instruments by J. B. Vuillaume are extremely highly regarded by professional players and collectors.