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Unlabelled, “Maggini” copy, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 3,500.00
In the heyday of commercial German violin production, large workshops made many “Maggini”-copy violins, characterised by a broad model and arching, double purfling lines, long, narrow “Brescian”-style ‘f’ holes, and – as with this handsome example – an extra turn on the scroll and “birds eye” maple. The pleasing visual appearance of this violin is matched by a lovely, characterful tone, with a clear, ready response, a bell-like resonance and strength in the lower registers.
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.
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.
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.
S353 Unlabelled, European, probably French, mid-late nineteenth century$ 6,500.00
With its crisply-cut edges and neatly-mitred rib corners, this violin has the hallmarks of good Mirecourt hand-work, though with a more transparent, golden varnish than one sees on violins from the large manufacturing workshops. The sound is clear, even and characterful, with quality and projection extending into the higher positions. The back and ribs are of well-chosen, handsomely-flamed maple.
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.
S310 “Peter Madill”, Five-String Violin, Auckland, New Zealand, 1981$ 7,000.00
Five-string violins, especially those custom-made as such, are very rare, and a real delight to play in a non-classical context, once the initial adjustment to having a low C string as well as an E string are made. This violin was made for Cath Newhook, who used it for a number of years in her country band “Gentle Annie”. It has been fitted with a Zeta five-string electric bridge and tailpiece, with a mini-jack plug fitting on the latter. This would be a great fiddle for adventurous explorers of the folk, country, blues or rock soundscapes.
S357 Robert Thain, Auckland, New Zealand, 1952$ 7,000.00
A Scotsman by birth, Robert Thain emigrated to Auckland around 1914, where, by the mid-1950’s, he had made a number of instruments. His oil varnishes, we suspect, owed too strong a debt to the theories of George Fry, but in this instance, the red-brown finish is more stable and less thick than we often see. Overall, this is a particularly fine example of Thain’s work, with a correspondingly attractive tone.
S261 Labelled “Bergonzi”, China, 2007$ 7,750.00
In the decade following the year 2000, a number of well-made violins and cellos were imported into New Zealand from China under the trade name “Bergonzi”. This cello is a typical example, finished with a warm, dark brown, spirit-based varnish, which complements the strikingly-flamed maple back, ribs and neck on the back. The workmanship of the edges and other details is crisp and assured. The instrument is responsive and balanced across all four strings; the A and D strings are particularly resonant.
S351 Johannes Rubner, Markneukirchen, Germany, 1985$ 8,500.00
Johannes Rubner’s workshops in Markneukirchen continued a long family tradition of making good student-quality cellos and double basses, a tradition that dates back to Josef and his son Otto Richard-Rubner, in the mid-late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
This instrument is in excellent condition, with a golden orange-red varnish that has developed a fine, attractive craquillure over most surfaces.
“Officina Claudio Monteverde” (oversigned “A Cavalli”) violin, Cremona, 1923$ 9,000.00
The Cremona workshop which produced the “Officina Claudio Monteverde” violins was founded by Aristide Cavalli in 1880, and employed a small group of highly skilled violin makers. This example shows the characteristic, deeply cut lower wings and sharply delineated, hollowed edges shared by most violins from this workshop, particularly those oversigned by Aristide Cavalli himself. The tone is rich, brilliant and even, with a bell-like clarity on the E string. The delicacy of the flamed maple is offset by the robust red-brown of the varnish.
Start sale price: $9000.00
S234, Viola, “Malcolm Collins”, #20, Upper Hutt, New Zealand, 1985
This is a relatively early viola by esteemed Upper Hutt violin maker Malcolm Collins – last year (2014) Malcolm made viola #60. A viola player himself, Malcolm has always been eager to keep his violas within a manageable size while enhancing depth and richness of tone. To this end, he favours a medium body size, broad bouts and deep ribs. The workmanship of this instrument is exquisite, as ever, and the pale gold varnish enhances the wood without hiding any detail.
S223 violin, Zhu Hua Jie, Shanghai, China, 1994$ 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.
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.
S322 Unlabelled, probably German, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 10,000.00
This handsome violoncello is a step up from the usual European trade instrument, with good-quality materials, construction and tone. The varnish is an attractive golden amber colour and the maple back is well-flamed. The tone is clear, lively, rich and resonant across all four strings.