Ref :   1057

An superb German violin, attributed to Matthias Klotz I, but probably by
Sebastian Klotz I
(1696 - 1775)
Mittenwald, circa 1730

Sold with a certificate by J J van de Geest, dated January 1953, attributing this violin to Matthias Klotz I.

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

More recently however, several knowledgeable and well-informed persons stated that this violin more closely resembles the work of Sebastian Klotz (I) than that of his father, Matthias (I). This was confirmed by a foremost American violinist who owns a superb Sebastian Klotz, which is almost identical to this one, both in modelling and in tone quality. At this time one has to consider the possibility that this violin probably is the work of Sebastian Klotz (1696 - 1775). To confirm this, the instrument will have to be submitted to foremost experts in Mittenwald, hopefully in the foreseeable future.

This violin is characterized by unusually beautiful tone - mature, clear, and strong and with a wide range of tonal colours. It is a very responsive instrument that allows for easy execution. For this reason it was for many years the principal instrument of the important South African concert violinist and recitalist, Susan Sauerman, who dominated concert performance during the 1960s to the 80s. It has been used extensively for solo recitals, concertos, chamber music concerts and many radio broadcasts. It has literally been on every concert stage in South Africa. Ms Sauerman told me that this instrument's tone invariably drew favourable comments of praise from audiences, wherever she performed.

This instrument is in extremely good condition for an instrument some 290 years old. In 1953 J. J. van de Geest described this violin as being 'in a very fine state of preservation,' and it still is. 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 the endpin.

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 elevation is excellent. Original varnish is intact.

Provenance :
  This was the principal instrument of Susan Sauerman who, during the 1960s, 70s and 80s was a foremost South African concert violinist and soloist, concert master and lecturer in violin at various universities. It was sold in behalf of Ms Sauerman through this dealership in 2011.
This violin now belongs to Johan Grobbelaar.

Price : Withheld


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