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S130 Unlabelled viola, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century$ 3,000.00
This 15″ viola has a warm orange-gold varnish, shaded to simulate wear but without any other antiquing. The modelling is broad, which balances the short body length and relatively low rib height. As a consequence the viola is well-suited physically to a smaller student player without losing too much bite and volume on the lower strings.
It comes with a shaped Korean case and a “G. Werner” viola bow in good condition.
C339, Jay Haide, “À l’ Ancienne”, “Il Cannone” model, Ifshin violins, USA/China, 2010$ 3,200.00
Jay Haide violins are skilfully handmade in China under the supervision of the prestigious USA violin shop, Ifshin violins. This instrument is closely modelled on violin of 1742, although the scroll has been carved more elegantly than the original. It has a full set-up from our workshops, including Obligato strings. This violin, with its golden red-brown varnish and subtle antiquing, has a clear, resonant, attractive tone over its whole range, and represents very good value for money.
C366 Copy of Sebastian Kloz, Germany 1904$ 3,300.00
Names of old masters inside European-manufactured violins of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are immensely common, and many of these instruments bear little resemblance to the style of the maker they purport to copy. This violin, with a facsimile label of Sebastian Kloz, is a very pleasing exception, employing an outline, arching, scroll and ‘f’ hole style strongly reminiscent of the Kloz family, the premier violin making dynasty of Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. The wood choice and the attractive golden-red varnish complement a clear, sweet, elegant tone.
S142 Carl Sandner “Stradivarius”copy violin, model “Rex”, Mittenwald, Germany$ 3,500.00
Carl Sandner was a good violin maker in his own right, but most of the instruments with this label are from the large violin manufacturing workshop he established in Mittenwald, in the Bavarian Alps. This is one of the workshop’s better models, hand-finished with a soft, amber-coloured spirit varnish, and with a well-selected, one-piece maple back. The tone is clear and resonant.
S340 Labelled “Michael Seitz in Mittenwald” Germany, mid-late nineteenth century$ 3,500.00
Despite the rather elegantly-written label, the origins of this violin are obscure, with no strong likelihood of a connection with Southern Bavaria. The style is a little reminiscent of the Kloz school, however, though the choice of wood and the construction of the lower rib are not. The tone is clear and silvery, with a reasonable volume and ease of production. The varnish is a dark brown colour, with a lightly scraped finish on the belly.
S341 Labelled “Gustav Wunderlich, Markneukirchen, Germany, 1923”$ 3,500.00
This small viola has an open, resonant tone, with a surprisingly firm, rich C string, given its size – it has a back length of only 15 ½ inches or 396mm. As a result, this would be a very satisfying instrument for someone with shorter arms or smaller hands. The varnish is an attractive, golden-orange colour, with wiped edges in the German style.
S226 “Mastri” 3/4 violin$ 3,500.00
“Mastri”, Markneukirchen, Germany 2010.
Mastri violins has produced a wide range of good quality student instruments since 2004, but its training and expertise are rooted in the violin making tradition of the Vogtland. This attractive small violin is varnished in the modern Markneukirchen style with a lightly antiqued, golden red-orange finish. The maple, one-piece back has a narrow, regular flame, and the violin is set up with good quality fittings and strings. The tone is surprisingly rich and resonant, fully justifying its price. The violin is accompanied by a modern case and good-quality pernambuco bow.
S297 Zheng Tian Ming, Tianjin, China 2016$ 3,750.00
This attractive handmade Chinese cello comes from a small workshop in Tianjin. The honey-coloured varnish is skilfully antiqued and the tone is clear and resonant.
S282 “Antonio Strings Ling Hua ASLH 500”, China, 2009$ 3,850.00
Zhen-Hua Ling is a highly successful Chinese maker who set up a small manufacturing workshop just outside Shanghai after ten years of running a larger, mass production factory. His own, handmade violins won prizes at the Violin Society of America competitions of 2004 and 2008. This violin is a middle-range student instrument with an attractive, honey-coloured oil varnish and well-flamed, European maple. The tone is rich and resonant across all four strings.
B831 Jim Forrest, Auckland 2010$ 4,000.00
This by contemporary New Zealand maker Jim Forrest violin has a narrow-waisted elegancy, amber orange oil varnish and a warm sound.
B912 3/4 size, Chinese, handmade, with hard case$ 4,000.00
This small sized cello is a good example of the better quality student instruments currently made in China. The wood of both back and belly is well selected and the fingerboard is of ebony.
S344 Labelled “Stradiuarius”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries$ 5,500.00
Although labelled “Stradiuarius” and endowed with the characteristic ‘f’ holes and square-ish ‘C’ bouts common to that generic pattern, this violin has a breadth across the middle bouts more reminiscent of French copies of Guarneri del Gesu. The varnish is a golden red-brown colour, attractively antiqued. The tone is smooth, with a creamy ease and evenness across all four strings.
S289 “Sarasate Artiste”, Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, England, early 20th century$ 6,000.00
Despite Thibouville-Lamy’s origins in Mirecourt, France, this violin is quite probably made in Germany, before being marketed through their London premises on Charterhouse Street. A scooped arching at the edges helps to give this violin a characterful sweet, clear tone, though the arching is a little more squared than a true Amati or Steiner modelling would allow.
B934 3/4 size ‘Handarbeit aus Mittenwald’, Germany 1960$ 6,000.00
It is unusual to find smaller cellos of this quality, suitable for either a young but advanced student or someone of small build. The varnish is applied in the French Mirecourt style and the “Stradivari” modelling is slim and elegant. The cello comes with a bow and soft bag.
S128 Peter Madill, Dunedin, New Zealand 2013$ 7,000.00
Peter Madill has always been attracted by a particular German interpretation of the Amati School, with tapering ‘f’ hole wings and delicate, narrow edges. This recently-made violin has a sweet tone, provided by the scooped Amatese arching, coupled with evenness and clarity.
B889 William Edward Smith, Wetherby, England 1905
This handsome viola has a strongly figured back and a warm, red-brown oil varnish. With a resonant, characterful tone, this instrument would be excellent for an advanced student or budding professional.