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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.
S449 Violin Birute and Ces Kul, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2003$ 6,900.00
Birute and Ces Kul, a husband-and-wife team of Lithuanian violin makers, arrived in New Zealand in late 2003, settling shortly afterwards in Levin. This violin was made in their Lithuanian home town of Vilnius before they emigrated, and is typical of their joint work. The varnish is a golden amber colour, and the edge work is executed with skill and character. The tone is even, creamy and elegant, and speaks clearly in the higher positions across all four strings.
Start sale price: $6,900.00
S310 “Peter Madill”, Five-String Violin, Auckland, New Zealand, 1981$ 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.
S223 violin, Zhu Hua Jie, Shanghai, China, 1994$ 8,000.00
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.
S371 “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: $9000.00
S453 “The Solo Violin”, Hawkes and Sons, London/Germany, late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries$ 9,000.00
The London-based music business Hawkes and Sons, later Boosey and Hawkes, is better known for its music publishing and brass instrument production, but also commissioned a range of violin family instruments from major workshops in France, Germany and Italy. This example, labelled “The Solo Violin”, was made in Germany for the top end of their violin range. The tone is lovely—clear and resonant without harshness – and with a characterful warmth and depth.
Start sale price: $9,000.00