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S415 Violin by Tobias Widemann, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2008$ 13,500.00
Tobias Widemann graduated from the Mittenwald School for Violinmaking shortly before moving to New Zealand. He has established his own workshop in Christchurch after working for Antonio Strings. His primary focus these days is on new-making though he also does some setting-up work on older instruments. While studying in Europe, he was able to examine first-hand the work of the great Italian violin makers, becoming particularly fond of the violins of Guarneri del Gesu, of which this instrument is a fine copy. The tone is resonant, colourful and even, the wood is handsome without being garish, and the red-gold varnish, applied in the Mittenwald style, is very attractive.
Start sale price: $13,500.00
B918 Adrian Studer, Nelson 1990$ 14,000.00
It isn’t often we feature the owner of an instrument but this viola and its player have played such an important role in Dunedin’s musical life we feel the following biography needs no apology. Jack Speirs studied composition, music history, conducting, violin and viola in Edinburgh and Berlin before taking up a lectureship in music at the University of Otago in 1965. He was well-known as a violin and viola teacher, composer, orchestral and chamber music player, and soloist. He was musical director of the Dunedin Civic orchestra, now the Southern Sinfonia, for 15 years. This viola has a rich, warm, clear sound with a strong, projecting bass. As with all Studer’s instruments it is beautifully made.
S333 Edward Burr, Wellington, New Zealand 1927$ 15,000.00
Edward Burr was New Zealand’s first professional full-time luthier, setting up his workshop in Wellington in 1921 and producing over 155 instruments before his death in 1938. He had made well over 100 violins before he embarked on his first cellos in 1927, but made up for lost time by producing four of them in the space of a year. The wood is well-chosen: the back and ribs have a narrow, light flame and the neck and scroll are particularly handsome, with a strong narrow flame which is enhanced by the golden brown varnish used over the whole instrument. This would be an excellent instrument for a talented and advancing student.
S430 violin, Gavin Macalister, London, 1989$ 15,000.00
Gavin Macalister trained at the Newark School of Violin Making before working for Dietrich Kessler at the London workshop of Edward Withers, in Wardow St. This handsome violin is an excellent example of his work during this period. The model is a personal interpretation of the Stradivari style, cleanly and elegantly executed. The tone is resonant and characterful, with good projection in the upper registers. The violin would suit an advanced student or emerging professional player.
Start sale price: $15,000.00
S398 15″ viola, unlabelled, Klotz School, Mittenwald, mid-late eighteenth century$ 15,500.00
This beautiful little viola has a warm, resonant tone on all strings, including the C string—a remarkable quality given that its body length is just short of 15 inches (380). The belly is very finely grained—typical of Mittenwald instruments of this period—and the amber-coloured oil varnish harmonises with the wood on all surfaces. Elegant, narrow edges compliment the small, characterful scroll.
Start sale price: $15,500.00
Measurements (over the arching):
Back length: 380.0mm
Stop length: 210.0mm
S323 Noel Sweetman cello, #49, Cambridge, New Zealand, 2007$ 18,000.00
Noel Sweetman has become New Zealand’s most prolific cello maker—this handsome instrument, made over a decade ago, is his forty-ninth. Unlike his earlier cellos, this has a subtly antiqued finish, especially on the belly, with a golden orange-brown varnish still in remarkably good condition. The tone is warm and expressive with good projection in all registers, and very little trace of a wolf note. This cello would be a great instrument for an advanced student or emerging professional.
Start sale price: $18,000.00
Back length: 756.5mm
Stop length: 395.0mm
B990 Noel Sweetman, #17, Cambridge, New Zealand, 1996$ 22,000.00
This is a very representative example of Noel Sweetman’s work of that period, during which he made a number of cellos on this large Stradivari model. The varnish is a warm golden brown colour and the maple of the back has a very narrow, regular, attractive flame. The workmanship is very good, and the tone is clear and projects well. This instrument would be suitable for an advanced student or a young professional player.
S416 probably Charles John Wilkinson violin, London, early-mid twentieth century$ 22,000.00
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