Ref :   1063

A very good Hungarian violin by
Gyula Csiszár
(1906 - 1970)
Miskolcz, circa 1950

Sold with two certificates of authenticity:

Firstly by Tibor Semmelweis, dated Sept 2018 in Budapest.
Secondly by Béla Baranyi, dated January 2019 in Budapest.

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Gyula Csiszár's work as violin maker follows very closely in the tracks of his teacher, the great Hungarian maker, Sandor Elek (b. 1881). Born in Igrici in 1906, he set himself up in Miskolcz in 1926, where he remained until his death in 1970. Today Gyula Csiszár is considered a foremost Hungarian maker - a well-deserved reputation. His work is anchored in Cremonese modeling and traditions and he largely favored the same striking reddish-brown varnish used by his teacher, Elek, which at times makes the work of the two makers indistinguishable.

This violin bears the maker's known label, but is undated. According to Tibor Semmelweis, the world's foremost authority on Hungarian violins who certified the authenticity of this violin, this violin dates from around 1950.

The two-piece back, ribs, neck and scroll are of good maple with a medium curl and distinct figure sloping down from the centre seam to the flanks. The top is of open-grained tone spruce. The oil varnish is an appealing orange-brown and the current fittings are of ebony.

This violin has an ebony edge protector built into the edge of the top's treble c-bout, to protect the edge from being struck by the bow's frog - something that Sandor Elek also did as a matter of course. There is a lot of forethought and insight behind this.

This violin is characterized by very strong tone with focus and projection. According to Semmelweis it is certainly suitable for solo work or chamber groups and, in my own view, is a career instrument.


Dimensions :
  Length of back: 35.9 cm

Condition :
  Excellent, free from cracks.
Some restorative work has been carried out to the outer edge of the treble F, which is structurally secure. This violin recently received a new set of pegs and a completely new setup. It can be said that it is in superb condition.

Provenance :
  Johan Grobbelaar recently imported this violin directly from Hungary and it's his property.

Price : On request


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