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“Schumann Prodigy”, China, 2018$ 995.00
Like the “Paganini” violin outfits that have proved so popular, the “Schumann Prodigy” violins provide an excellent instrument for students in the early grades. They have a clear, resonant, balanced sound that speaks easily and has some depth and character. The pegs, fingerboard, chinrest and other fittings are of ebony, and the violin has received almost $500.00 worth of setting up work and strings in our own workshops. With a case and a reasonable bow, this outfit represents very good value for the price.
Unlabelled, Mirecourt, France, early twentieth century$ 1,500.00
We mostly view Mirecourt “trade” violins as much of a muchness, despite the plethora of labels, but an examination of the early catalogues of the larger workshops, such as Laberte or Thibouville-Lamy shows that there was an enormous range of quality as well as style. At the lower end are violins such as this one, made for the beginner student market, the back and belly pressed as much as carved and without inlaid purfling or other refinements. This simple violin has now acquired ebony fittings and a professional set-up, and makes a clean, easy-speaking, even and fairly resonant tone.
S270 Johannesburg 3/4 violin$ 1,750.00
3/4 violin made for J. J. van de Geest & Son Johannesburg, mid 20th century.
Attractively varnished in a mid-twentieth century German style, this violin probably originates from the Markneukirchen region. The back, ribs, neck and head are of nicely-chosen, well-flamed maple. The tone is surprisingly full for a small instrument, and would suit a more advanced young player.
C394 Unlabelled, “Stradivari” copy, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century.$ 1,950.00
Like all the older violins which find their way, after a varied life, into our showroom, this “Stradivari” copy violin has been through our own workshops, where every aspect of its structure, varnish and set up have been scrutinised and brought into as good a state as we can manage. The result, in this instance, is a sweet-sounding instrument with a well-restored finish. Ebony pegs and fingerboard, Pirastro “Violino” strings and a “Wittner” adjuster tailpiece make this violin both durable and reliable.
S358 Labelled: “Jacobus Stainer”, Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,200.00
Unlike many “trade” copies of Jacob Stainer’s work, this violin avoids the excesses in arching height, and the plateau-like profiles we so commonly see. A narrow waist, small, fairly elegant ‘f’ holes and a rounded arching give this violin a clear, smooth, sweet tone which, being slightly on the small side, will encourage more reticent students to play into the string and explore the violin’s potential without being intimidated by too much volume or brightness.
S364 Labelled “Stradivarius”, West Germany, mid-twentieth century$ 2,300.00
This “Stradivari” copy violin has a strong tone to match the boldness of its red-gold varnish. A broad, fairly flat arching gives it that typical Stradivarian brilliance, suitable for a younger player with some confidence who is looking for an instrument that will speak in a forthright way.
C334, Unlabelled “Amati” copy, Germany, late 19th or early 20th Century violin$ 2,350.00
This otherwise straight-forward-looking violin has an appealing “birds-eye” maple back and ribs. The modelling and ‘f’ holes are in the style of the Amati family. The violin speaks easily and clearly, and would suit a student in the lower or middle grades.
C384 Unlabelled, European, late nineteenth or early twentieth century$ 2,500.00
While the varnishing style, with its rubbed edges may indicate a German origin, construction details probably tell us that this violin was made in Mirecourt, France, in one of the bigger manufacturing workshops. The tone speaks easily and evenly, and with a pleasant clarity.
Unlabelled, Germany, early-mid twentieth century$ 2,600.00
The clean-cut lines and relative consistency of the standard French Mirecourt violin model, with its sharply chiselled edges, was well-regarded in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, so much so that some German manufacturing workshops produced instruments in the Mirecourt style, of which this is one. The maple of the back and ribs is attractive, and the evenly applied varnish is a honey-gold colour, rather than the darker red-brown favoured in Mirecourt and by most German “Französische” violins.
C261 German trade, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,700.00
Although this violin has a commercial, spirit-based varnish, it has been made in the style of the 18th and 19th century hand copyists of Stainer and Amati, with a long, slightly narrow outline and a full, rounded arching which rises from the purfling. The sound is strongly influence by the modelling, with an unusual, deep but clear tone.
C349, Unlabelled “Amati” copy violin, Germany, late 19th or early 20th centuries$ 2,700.00
True to its Amatese modelling – the broad, scooped channels within the purfling and the high, smoothly arched curves of the belly and back – this German violin has a sweet, silvery tone, with clarity and a reasonable volume. The one-piece maple back has a very attractive, narrow flame, and the edge work is delicate, with slender, tapered corners.
S262 Labelled “Nicola Amati”, Mittenwald, Germany, mid-late 19th century$ 2,700.00
This attractively-made German “Amati” copy violin has a warm red-brown varnish which has developed an appealing craquillure pattern. The maple back is in one piece, with a soft, sloping flame. The tone is clear and pleasant, with a similar quality over all four strings. The violin is accompanied by a half-moon, Bobelock case and a student-quality bow.
S260 “Antonius Stradivarius”, Germany, late 19th or early 20th century$ 2,700.00
Labelled “Antonius Stradivarius” Germany, late 19th or early 20th century.
This golden brown violin has been antiqued either creatively, with elaborate acid etching on most varnished surfaces. The modelling is broad and strong, belying the tone, which is quite sweet and clear.
S378 Unlabelled, handmade, Chinese, early twenty first century$ 2,700.00
Despite the absence of a label, this violin is readily identifiable as a fairly faithful copy of the “Paganini Il Cannone” violin of 1742 by Guarneri del Gesu, from the long, slender, Brescian-style ‘f’ holes to the chunky scroll with its tightly carved volutes. The varnish, though attractively antiqued, is more generic, with a warm, golden orange-red colour layer and wiped edges. The maple back is in one piece, with an appealing, narrow flame. The tone is even across all four strings, and clear and strong in higher positions as well as in lower registers.
S318 Unlabelled, Chinese, early twenty first century$ 2,750.00
This attractive-looking instrument is one of the new breed of handmade violins now emerging from China. The wood of the back and ribs may well be European, and has an attractive, soft, glowing flame. Though unlabelled, the violin is a reasonable copy of the work of Guarneri del Gesu. The tone of the upper strings is particularly appealing, with clarity, resonance but no harshness.
C343, Labelled “Stradivarius”, European, probably German, early 20th century$ 2,800.00
This pleasant-looking, European-manufactured violin has relatively plain-looking wood but a surprisingly attractive tone, open, resonant, warm and characterful. The varnish is a red-gold colour, shaded to simulate wear but without any other antiquing.