This is an attractive and characterful example of the violins produced in the Markneukirchen area of Saxony during the height of German violin production. While the modelling gives little more than a nod towards the “Amati” style, the tone is sweet and clear. Varnish antiquing on the belly has been taken a little far—a number of lines have been scored in the cheeks, in line with the grain, to imitate cracks—but the violin itself is in very sound condition. The one-piece back, though it has a very subdued flame, derives its ambience from being cut on the slab, giving it a soft, appealing appearance.
Start sale price: $2,900.00