Ref :   0883

An unlabelled violin, probably of German origin
Circa 1930

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This violin is undeniably well-toned, which is apparent the moment you play it. The tone is open and big and produces with ease - making it a pleasure to play on and which will serve as an open door to the rapid progress of any student fortunate enough to own it.

In shape appears to be based on the Amati model - the elegant scroll certainly is reminiscent of the work of the Amati brothers and the positioning and shape of the Fs would suggest that it was loosely led by the Amati pattern.

It is unlabelled and undated, but it can be said with confidence to date from around 1930 or soon thereafter, probably of German origin. The violin's trade (commercial) character is easily discerned in the standard techniques employed in antiquing it - making it look older than it is: for one thing, all the 'wear' in the varnish is artificially induced, the fingerboard is a good quality stained hardwood, workmanship in the scroll somewhat perfunctory and the Fs unfluted. But on the other hand, the violin is made of excellent materials - the one-piece back of a good quality mildly-flamed maple, used throughout the instrument, combined with excellent tone spruce in the top with narrow growth lines at the centre line, opening to the flanks.

This is a worthy and affordable acquisition - a healthy violin that gives great reward for input by the player.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.5 cm

Condition :
  This violin is in superb condition. It has new ebony pegs and is freshly set up.

Provenance :

Price : R24 000
Approximately US$ 1 665


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