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S327 Adrian Studer, Nelson, New Zealand 2000$ 11,000.00
This handsome, 16 ¼ inch viola by the Swiss-born-and-trained violin maker, Adrian Studer, is modelled after the early Brescian style, with broad upper and lower bouts, generous arching that rises from a point close to the double purfling line, and elongated, narrow ‘f’ holes. The varnish is a warm golden-orange colour, antiqued with Studer’s characteristic craquillure, and the tone is dark and deep.
William Robinson, Avebury, Wiltshire, U.K., 1928$ 11,000.00
William Robinson trained as a saddle maker before teaching himself violin making. In such an exacting profession, this might not look like a promising start, but Robinson went on to become a highly skilled and prolific luthier, making around 400 violins, 40 viola and 16 cellos. This violin, number 216, is a very handsome, well-made instrument, with a golden red-brown oil varnish, broad but assured corners, and a fine one-piece maple back. The tone is resonant, even and malleable, and would suit an advanced student or professional player.
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.
S328 Anthony Elmsly viola$ 12,000.00
A 2016 instrument by specialist viola maker Anthony Elmsly. With a body length of 41.3cm (41.6 over the arch) this is a classic, manageably sized instrument, with the design based on some of the most successful alto sized models in history; the much copied “Conte Vitale” and “Primrose” violas by Andrea Guarneri. The sound of this instrument is strong and even across the range.
S381 Harold Walker, Illinois, No.3, 1977$ 12,000.00
Harold Walker was an American violin maker with an association, both formal and informal, with Carl Becker, of the prestigious violin shop “Carl Becker and Son”, in Chicago. He sometimes worked in Becker’s shop and was also a great fishing buddy. While he isn’t noted as a top professional maker, Walker made very playable, well-crafted instruments. This viola has a full, warm lower range and a clear upper register. It was the preferred instrument of a professional player for many years.
Unlabelled, handmade European, possibly the work of Fritz Elas, Switzerland, mid-late twentieth century$ 12,000.00
Like other well-made copies of Guarneri del Gesu’s Il Cannone violin of 1742, the tone of this striking violin has a slightly explosive quality, as though each note were a thoroughbred racing horse eager to burst out of the gates. The oil-based varnish is a rich, golden red-brown, which is naturally developing the typical wear patterns so often imitated in deliberately antiqued instruments. Played for many years by a top professional musician, the violin comes with a personal history that is both intriguing and mystifying.
S283 Antonio Strings ASLH # 605 cello and GEWA hard case$ 13,880.00
The “LH” of this cello’s instrument code stands for Ling Hua, or (in full) Zhenghua Ling. Zhenghua is a highly successful Shanghai maker who has won two prizes in the Violin Society of America competition for his own violins. He used his success to move away from mass production of cheap instruments and focus his now-much-smaller manufacturing workshop on making good-quality student and professional instruments.
The maple and spruce used in the #605 cello series is sourced in Europe, and the golden-orange varnish is based on a Northern Italian recipe. The maple in this cello has a light but attractive flame, and the spruce has a fairly open grain. The workmanship is very good and the cello has a strong, projecting tone suitable for advanced student performance.
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.
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.