The "Alard" Replica Vuillaume Carved Pegs
Designed in the mid-1800’s by Parisian luthier and violin dealer Jean-Baptise Vuillaume, this carved “Napoleonic” peg is among the most revered musical instrument fittings. Crafted for Antonio Stradivari’s 1715 “Alard, Baron Knoop” violin, the peg features delicate carvings of foliage along the perimeter, crowned at the top by a rose. Slight variations of this peg design are also found on a number of other famous Stradivarius instruments.
An avid collector of classical instruments, J.B. Vuillaume is known to have owned more than 250 historically significant violins, violas, and cellos, many purchased directly from the estate of famed violin dealer Luigi Tarisio.
With a spirit of entrepreneurship and artistic vision, Vuillaume occasionally replaced the pegs, tailpieces, bridges, and fingerboards on his favorite pieces, in some cases designing intricately carved fittings to bolster the look and feel of his instruments to match their unique, impeccable sound.
Through our careful analysis of Vuillaume’s original designs, over a half century of luthier experience and the aid of modern CNC technology, we are pleased to offer a replica of the “Alard” peg that is sure to inspire any musician to reach new heights in their artistic ability.
The “Alard” peg is available upon request in Mountain Mahogany, Ebony, Boxwood, Live Oak, and more.