Ref :   0924

An interesting violin, probably of the Pedrazzini School in Milan
Labelled 'Giuseppe Pedrazzini / Hawkes & Son'
Circa 1930

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For a period of time during the 1920s to 30s the Milanese workshop of Giuseppe Pedrazzini (1879 - 1957) supplied violins to dealerships abroad, notably to that of Hawkes & Son in London - a reputable establishment founded in 1855.

The labelling in this violin implies that it is of the Pedrazzini School, made for Hawkes & Son. However, neither of the two labels in it is the original label of either party. It most likely is the consequence of the original labelling being lost and an informed owner or repairman inserting the current labelling as a pointer to the violin's origins. There are also the remains of another label on the opposite side, but this is so fragmented and broken as to be illegible.

This violin represents an interesting amalgam of very fine workmanship one would associate with the traditions of high-end fine violin making, on the one hand, and some elements associated with less time-consuming processes - what one would expect from a very good studio with superb craftsmen streamlining the work order to meet the demands of dealers abroad.

This violin is of beautiful materials, well-chosen and well-crafted throughout, finely traced purfling and superb cornerwork, notably in the mitres, with fine 'bee stings'. Arching is quite Italian and has raised edges all around. A characteristic in the scroll is the deeply cut sides - crisp work and reminiscent of Pedrazzini's deep fluting.

This violin is really VERY well-toned - with big power and focus. It is extremely responsive, resonant, easy to play and good to listen to. Other than one broken corner in the front, and some areas of wear in the varnish of the top, it is in excellent condition, completely free from cracks.


Dimensions :
  Back length: 35.6 cm

Condition :
  Other than one broken corner in the front and some wear in the varnish in the front, this violin is in excellent condition, completely free from cracks anywhere.

Provenance :
  Withheld. Owned by Johan Grobbelaar.

Price : P.O.A.


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