Ref :   0656

A very fine violin by
Matthias Klotz
(1656 - 1743)
Mittenwald, 1730

This violin no longer has its label, but comes with a 1953 certificate by the eminent Dutch authority, J. J. van de Geest, stating that it is the work of Matthias Klotz dated 1730.

Matthias Klotz (1656 - 1743), who is generally considered to have founded the violin making centre of Mittenwald, had his initial lessons in this craft under Jacob Stainer in Absam, but eventually (at age 15) left for Italy to complete his skills in Cremona under Niccolò Amati (who was also Antonio Stradivari's teacher). He earned Amati's approval to such an extent that it incurred the extreme jealousy of his fellow apprentices and led to his departure from Amati. After some time back in Mittenwald, he again set out for Italy, this time Padua, in an effort to establish a violin making centre there. But he eventually returned permanently to Mittenwald.

This violin is characterized by unusually beautiful tone - clear and strong, but with colour and beauty and which betrays the Italian foundations of Klotz's training. It has been in the principal instrument of an important South African violinist who has now retired. It has been used extensively for solo recitals and chamber music concerts and has always attracted favorable comments about its tone from audiences.

This instrument is in extremely good condition for an instrument of 280 years old. By all standards this is an excellent acquisition for a serious professional musician and also a very good investment.


Dimensions :
  Back length: 35.6 cm. Bouts: 16.4 cm, 11.3 cm, 20.6 cm. Rib height: 27.5 mm at neck, 29.5 mm at tailpiece.

Condition :
  Very good condition. The only discernable repairs are two wingcracks (correctly repaired and cleated) and a minor crack from the top of the left f-hole upwards - also cleated and hardly discernable. It appears there was a neck button graft done - almost imperceptable. Neck angle is excellent.

Provenance :
  Wittheld until after sale. Owned by an important violinist, now retired.

Price : Withheld


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