Ref :   0958

A good English violin by
Barnes & Mullins
 
London, 1914

 
 
 
 
 
 
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The firm of Barnes & Mullins in London were makers and exporters of violins and related instruments during the period 1905 to 1930. Several English violinmakers worked in their studio and they had a solid reputation for good work, at times importing instruments from France and Germany. They also acted nationally and internationally for some important English makers.

This violin is fitted with the label that is normally associated with this firm, indicating that it is violin number 26, made in 1914 and signed across the label. This makes one believe that it was locally made and not an import. Furthermore, there is nothing about this violin that shows German roots, neither does it convince as possibly being French - so the conclusion is that it was made in the London studio.

After 102 years this violin is still in impeccable condition, as if made yesterday. One is struck by the very attractive wine-red varnish, reminiscent of French preferences, and by the tidy workmanship throughout, notably crisp and sharp workmanship in the Fs with nicely fluted palettes.

It is responsive with big clear tone and projection, focussed and balanced and easy to play.

   
   
 

Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.8 cm

Condition :
  Impeccable condition, without evident repairs or cracks.

Provenance :
  The property of Johan Grobbelaar

Price : US$ 2 500
Approximately R38 000
 

 
 
 
 

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