Labelled “Carlo Bergonzi”, Germany mid-late 19th century violin
Although in very good structural condition, this violin is a fine example of how not to antique an instrument.
22 scored lines in the belly, ribs and back masquerade as major cracks; a more venerable antiquity is faked by lines pretending to show a neck graft. Other abrasions look more like a rather free Arabic script than wear and tear. The tone belies the violin’s appearance- sweet, clear, resonant and easily produced.
A charming instrument for anyone with a musical ear and a whimsical eye.