Although this violin lacks a label, its provenance indicates a strong likelihood that it was made by the London violinmaker Charles John Wilkinson, whose instruments this violin closely resembles. Charles John Wilkinson made instruments for G Withers and later for J and A Beare, following the work of Cremonese, Milanese and Turinese originals. His personal history is documented well here; The article describes a shy, retiring man who overcame serious injury to gain very considerable skill as a luthier. The wood of the back and ribs is a lovely, soft-textured birds-eye maple, and the honey-brown varnish is pleasantly antiqued. The tone is open and even, with a clear, characterful resonance, and strong projection in the upper registers.
Start sale price: $22,000.00