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B625 Jean Francois Aldric, Paris 1831
J.F. Aldric worked from 1788 – 1843, making bold, masterly instruments in the ‘Stradivari’ style. This violin has a dark red-brown varnish and a powerful, clear sound.
S236, 4/4 Violin, “Huai Li Ming”, Auckland, NZ, 1996$ 10,000.00
Huai Li Ming came to New Zealand in the early 1990’s, working first for Noel Sweetman before joining the Stringed Instrument Company workshop for two years. This violin was made not long after he established his own workshop, and is typical of his instruments from this period. The violin has an immediate, almost explosive response – playing it is rather like riding a pedigree race horse and can promise an exhilarating experience for those wanting a dynamic, exciting sound. Not for the faint-hearted.
S223 violin, Zhu Hua Jie, Shanghai, China, 1994$ 10,000.00
Zhu Hua Jie made this strongly-modelled violn, with its bold edges and beautifully flamed maple back, in 1994, two years after winning a silver medal for tone at the 1992 Violin Society of America International Competition in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The tone of this instrument is strong, brilliant, and would suit an experienced player. The pegs, tailpiece, and endpin are elaborately carved from genuine boxwood.
S291 Adrian Studer, Nelson, New Zealand, 1998$ 10,000.00
Adrian Studer trained at the Swiss Violin Making School in Brienz, and came to New Zealand in the 1980’s. This violin is a fine example of his work, modelled on an instrument by Lorenzo Storioni. The varnish is a golden orange-red colour, finished with subtle craquillure and antiquing work. The tone is full and even, with good resonance in all positions. The violin has been played by a professional musician, and would be very suitable for a serious student or young career violinist.
B955 “Officina Claudio Monteverde” oversigned “Gio Maria Ceruti”, Cremona 1923$ 12,000.00
The Cremona workshop “Officina Claudio Monteverde” was established by Aristide Cavalli in 1880. “Gio Maria Ceruti” denoted one of their models rather than having any attachment to the famous family of violin makers by that name. The instrument is handmade however, with some attention to detail, though lacking the rather exaggerated delicacy of the “Aristide Cavalli” model. The tone is rich and warm in the lower strings, with a clear, open E string.
S273 Unknown maker, labelled “Panormo, London, 1897”, France, late nineteenth or early twentieth century.$ 14,500.00
Full, strongly-worked edges and bold ‘f’ holes are a good visual match for this violin’s clear, loud, resonant tone, which extends across all registers. The varnish is a warm golden-orange colour that enhances an attractive, soft flame on the back and ribs. This instrument, priced well because of its unknown provenance, would be very suitable for a professional player or advanced student, having already proved its worth in this environment.