Ref :   0887

A very good Danish-Italian violin by
Amon Bilmark
(1894 - 1961)
Durban, 1931

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Amon Bilmark (1894-1961) was born in Copenhagen as Amon Peter Nielsen, but changed his name to Bilmark in 1917. He completed his apprenticeship in Rome under Simone Sacconi - with whom he maintained a friendship throughout his life - and settled in South Africa in 1929. His instruments are nevertheless considered Italian, or at times as Danish-Italian, but the pure Italian root of his work is unmistakable in everything he did.

In 1949 Bilmark was awarded the Diplôme d'Honneur for two violins he presented at the International Violin Making Competition at La Haye. He was honored and respected as maker throughout the world. As an excellent cellist he made many cellos and violas which are highly valued. Today it is truly difficult to obtain any of his instruments. Many Danish musicians and collectors have bought up his instruments.

This violin bears Bilmark's label and was made in 1931 when his Italian experience and Sacconi's influence were still very fresh. It is a violin of unusual beauty, it's most striking feature being the well-figured one-piece maple back and sides. Workmanship throughout is exquisite in all aspects. The varnish in particular is of a texture and transparency that is not often encountered and the arching is faultlessly graded. One has the feeling with this instrument that Bilmark drew on all his powers to produce a truly appealing violin - and that he succeeded.

This violin is vitually in mint condition and is exceptionally well-toned.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.7 cm

Condition :
  Mint condition

Provenance :

Price : P.O.A.


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