Violins

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Violins by Maker

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From time to time we high-light an instrument or bow which we consider to be special, regardless of its value. Unique playing qualities or strong investment potential may catch our eye.

  • Ref: 231 Maker: Joannes Guillami Year: c.1760 Category: Rare and Special
  • Ref: 249 Maker: Simon Peters Year: 2011 Category: £5,001 - £10,000
  • Ref: 268 Maker: Simon Peters Year: 2012 Category: £10,001 - £20,000

If at any time you have a special request, like a particular instrument or bow, then please email or phone us with your details. We shall be pleased to do our best for you.

Albert Deblaye violins

Ref: 236 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1925 Back length: 355mm

Born near to Mirecourt in France in 1884 ALBERT DEBLAYE established a workshop in that town in 1900, which increased in its reputation for producing superb instruments over the next thirty years.

Their output produced copies of many of the great makers; Strad, Guarneri, Ceruti, Amati, Lupot, Vuillaume and many more. Everything about a Deblaye instrument is almost without criticism. They used the finest woods and the craftsmanship immaculate, varying the quality and colour of their varnish to match the model that was being copied.

The violin we offer here is in a mint condition and bears the original printed label dated 1925 and numbered 1812 together with the 'Deblaye' signature. Covered in a particularly fine honey-coloured varnish, this instrument has a rich and bold tone.

The violin is sold with its original 'guarantee' from the Deblaye atelier, bearing the date 1925 and number '1812'.

Albertus Blanchi violins

Ref: 126 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1904 Back length: 351mm Status: Sold or on approval

Another fine example from the South of France, this Franco-Italian violin is in a near perfect, original state and is made from the choicest of wood. The varnish is a fine honey colour and the tone is clear, rich and vibrant. ALBERTUS BLANCHI has used the model of Sanctus Seraphin in this violin. The workmanship is of the highest quality, with a superb scroll and purfling. Albertus Blanchi and his father Augustin, worked at Nice and established this fine school of making which has more to do with the Italian school than the French. Their immediate predecessors were Pierre Pascherel in Nice and his teacher, Pressenda at Turin in Italy.

Alexandre Delanoy violins

Ref: 242 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1913 Back length: 355mm

ALEXANDRE DEANOY was born in the famous violin making town of Mirecourt in 1850 and died in Bordeaux in 1928. He became a pupil of Charles Buthod in that town and then went to Paris where he became the last maker to work for J.B.Vuillaume. In 1880 he moved to Bordeaux where he settled for the rest of his life and established a renowned and thriving business.

His work is of the highest order, as one would expect, having continued the tradition set by Buthod [who worked for Vuillaume for several years] and Vuillaume himself.

This violin made in 1913, as the printed label shows [and numbered 131 on the inner, central back] is a fine Strad copy which is in a mint condition and covered in a superb, deep red oil varnish, a colour favoured by many Bordeaux makers. It is branded 'A.Delanoy' on the inner, top block.

The tone is full and rich and easily produced.

Alfred Vidoudez violins

Ref: 243 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Swiss Year: 1917 Back length: 356mm

ALFRED VIDOUDEZ was born in Geneve in 1879 and died there in 1943. He was probably the finest maker ever from Switzerland. He became a pupil of Gustave Bazin at Mirecourt [Bazin was a fine maker who became the best maker working for J.B.Collin-Mezin]. The fine quality of his work was recognised by George Mougenot in Brussels who offered him work for several years and he then moved to Leon Bernadel in Paris.

In 1900 he returned to Geneve where he remained for the rest of his life and created an internationally recognised establishment, known for its expertise and quality of work. His son Pierre joined him in 1907.

This violin, which is in a mint condition was made in 1917 and represents an example of his best work where the varnish is so beautifully and gently 'antiqued'. It is a Strad copy and has a superb tone.

Amati Mangenot violins

Ref: 204 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1943 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

Paul Mangenot (1862-1942) was the first important maker of this luthier family and who became enormously important as a maker. He studied with the wonderful French maker Paul Bailly and supposedly with Justin Derazy and worked for; Collin-Mezin, Joseph Hell (in Lille) and several other makers in Paris, Brussels, Geneve and Lyon, before settling in Mirecourt until his death in 1942.

It was in Mirecourt that he established a truly fine, but intimate workshop which produced instruments and bows of the best quality. This included superb reproductions of previously important French makers (all then dead of course!) whose trade mark (brevette) he legitimately bought. They included makers such as Didier Nicolas (aîné), Honore Derazey and Justin Derazey. So faithful to the originals were many of these instruments, that some were later passed off as authentic!

Of his three luthier sons (two were sadly killed in the first World War) AMATI MANGENOT, born 1901 was to become a superb maker, his reputation spreading beyond France. He studied with his father and then worked with Albert Laurant in Bruselles. After opening a workshop in Clermond-Ferrand for three years he established himself at Bordeaux, taking over the business of Emile Laurent.

His output is exceptional in quality and in particular his faithful reproductions of old Italian masters. The violin which we offer here was made in 1943. It bears its original printed label together with the maker's inked inscription on the inner table. As a faithful copy of a Montagnana of Venice, this instrument glows. It is covered in an artistic, slightly antiqued oil varnish of a fabulous re-brown colour and has a tone of great richness.

Ref: 256 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1927 Back length: 358mm

The work of AMATI MANGENOT appears to be of the highest order and quality and continues the existing fine work of his father Paul Mangenot. This master craftsman used only the finest of materials and finished his instruments in a wonderful quality varnish. We are offering here, once again, an example of his best work, an exquisite replica of a 1607 Cappa violin which is in a near-perfect state.

Bearing his original printed label [latinised] dated at Bordeaux in 1927 it has, in addition, a facsimile printed label of Cappa on the opposite side of the interior back. Three of the maker's brands also occur on the interior of the violin.

The tone of this violin is responsive, full and rich and with many varied tonal colours to hand.

Amédée Dieudonné violins

Ref: 262 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: c.1928 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

AMEDEE DIEUDONNE was born in Mirecourt in 1890 and became apprenticed to Gustave Bazin, where he fulfilled five years work. He then moved to Brussels and worked for Darche and finally to the great Parisian maker Emile Germain, where he perfected his skills for a period of about six months. The period of the first world war inevitably put a stop to his working, as he became an active French soldier, winning two medals and five citations.

Returning to Mirecourt at the end of the war he established a small workshop that was to become, probably the best of its kind in that town. Many apprentices and luthiers passed through over the years and were to become fine, if not, great French makers in their own right.

This violin, which dates from circa 1928 is in mint condition and is a typical product from Dieudonne's atelier. It is beautifully made, using the finest woods and covered in a golden coloured varnish of superb texture [a hallmark of a Dieudonne instrument]. This Strad inspired instrument has a rich, resonant tone.

Barbet & Granier Marseille violins

Ref: 110 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1898 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

The South of France school of making has produced some outstanding makers over the past two centuries. Charles Barbet & Edmund Granier of Marseille were at the forefront at the turn of the 19th century. Their association began in 1877 and continued until about 1912, having established a fine workshop in the Rue du Paradis, in the central part of Marseille very close to the opera house. The shop is still in existence today. The quality of the instruments that they made were of the highest standard and their reputation rightly increased. This violin, inspired by the Strad model, is an exceptional instrument. The wood is very attractive and the overall craftsmanship almost flawless. The transparent oil vanish is a light red, orange-brown colour, tastefully shaded and antiqued. The sound is responsive, even and with a power that can be tapped into.

Baroque style violins

Ref: 214 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: English Year: 2006 Back length: 354mm Status: Sold or on approval

JONATHAN WOOLSTON of Cambridge, England is an exceptional maker of great skill.

This violin, designed to be played in the Baroque style, is based on an instrument made by Carlo Tononi of Venice in 1725. Woolston has used the finest materials and applied a beautiful red-brown varnish on a tan ground.

Any specialist Baroque violinist would be more than pleased with this instrument, which is in a perfect state.

Berlin School violins

Ref: 175 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: German Year: c.1860 Back length: 355mm Status: Sold or on approval

A very good German violin of the BERLIN SCHOOL, probably from the workshops of AUGUST REICHERS circa 1860. A copy of a Carlo Bergonzi, this instrument is in a mint condition and covered in a fine amber, light-brown coloured varnish. We consider this instrument ideal for a younger player of Grade VI plus standard.

Ref: 273 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: German Year: c.1920 Back length: 357mm

It is a pleasure to offer a violin that is intended as a good student instrument and is so beautifully made. The wood is of the highest quality and is covered in a high quality honey coloured varnish. Another fine violin for the advancing musician. £1,950

Bruno Rugemer violins

Ref: 271 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: German Year: 1944 Back length: 359mm

This violin is from a well known workshop headed by Bruno Rugemer established in the German town of Nuremberg. Their output was prolific and the craftsmanship always very refined. This AMATI inspired violin is in a mint condition. It is an ideal instrument for a player of Grade IV plus.

Carlo Antonio Testore violins

Ref: 198 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: c.1730 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

A retired professional violinist has entrusted us with the sale of their fine Italian violin, made circa 1730 by CARLO ANTONIO TESTORE at Milan.

This instrument, purchased from J&A Beare of London in the mid 1950s, is in a particularly good condition and represents his best work, with its original purfling on both the back and table. He has used the finest quality wood for the whole of the body.

The famous 'C.A.T' brand with double eagle can be seen on the interior back, placed close to the centre, together with the original printed label.

The tone of this violin is in every way superb; resonant, rich in quality and with the availability of great power
[certificate of J&A Beare, London]

Charles Bailly violins

Ref: 229 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: 1931 Back length: 357mm

CHARLES BAILLY, a good French maker of the early twentieth century used on occassions, another name than his own; a sort of 'nom de guerre'. Here we have a violin, which is in a mint condition and a Strad copy and which bears a printed label 'L.Berard 1931'. This name was registered as a copyright name by Charles Bailly and used in many of his instruments. In addition, there is another printed label on the interior back 'Lutherie Artistique, entierement fait a la main avec de vieux bois', which indicates that the violin was made entirely by hand and of old wood.

A very nice violin for the player reaching Grade 5 or near and requires something to see them through for the next few years [or more!]

The tone is excellent.

Charles Boullangier violins

Ref: 209 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1866 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

CHARLES BOULLANGIER is recognised as one of the great late 19th century instrument makers. He was born in Mirecourt, France in 1823 and once his developing talents as a maker were being recognised, he went to Paris and worked firstly for the great Parisian maker Jean Baptiste Vuillaume and then for the house of Gand and Bernadel where he became highly regarded.

Things were to change rapidly, however! The French Revolution of 1848 was causing havoc throughout France and in particular Paris, where there were serious riots and business in general being badly affected. So, at the age of 26 in the following year [1849] he left France for good and went to London where he remained until his death in 1888.

His first appointment was working for the luthiers Edward Withers where he remained for seven years. Once his reputation increased, he set up his own premises in Frith Street and then Charlotte Street.

This 1866 Strad inspired violin is representative of his finest work, showing a remarkable combination of French and English styles. The rich, red-brown varnish, slightly antiqued shows the influence of Vuillaume. The condition is mint and the tone 'superb'.

Collin-Mézin violins

Ref: 269 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1879 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

We are always pleased when we can offer an example of the work of COLLIN-MEZIN. Their reputation over the past century and a half has increased considerably worldwide and is considered a good investment, provided the condition is good.

This particular violin is rather special. It is a very early example of the personal work of COLLIN-MEZIN pere [1879] and is in a mint condition. The tone is especially fine; rich, sonorous and with a 'well' of sound to tap into. It is sold with the certificate of authenticity from J.J.Rampel of Paris, successor to Etienne Vatelot, the great Parisian expert.

Ref: 208 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1926 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

For almost a century [between circa 1860-1941] the COLLIN-MEZIN dynasty [father, sons and many fine craftsmen] were responsible for the production of some of the finest stringed instruments emanating from a French workshop.

The violin which we are offering here was made during the period overseen by COLLIN-MEZIN JUNIOR [fils] Made in 1926 and numbered 23, it is a Strad inspired instrument which is in a mint condition and possess a rich, vibrant tone.

Surviving is the original 'guarantee' issued by Collin-Mezin when the violin was first sold.

Ref: 235 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1922 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

We are pleased to offer another violin from the great workshops of CHARLES.J.B.COLLIN-MEZIN. This instrument is a particularly fine example which is in a near-perfect state.

Based on the Strad model, it has the maker's printed label dated 1922 and is numbered 694 on the inner back, together with the maker's signature on the inner back near to the sound post.

As always, the choice of wood is of the highest order and the violin is covered in a very pretty red-brown varnish of excellent quality.

The tone is rich and vibrant, even over all four strings and is easily produced.

Ref: 258 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1900 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

We are very pleased to offer yet another French violin from the prodigious workshops of J.B.COLLIN-MEZIN at Mirecourt. Made during the transitional period [i.e. between father and son] and in the year that the Mézin family received a top medal at the Paris exhibition of 1900 [as stated on their label].

This Strad inspired violin is beautifully made and is in a mint condition. It is covered in a nut-brown coloured varnish of great quality and transparency and the violin has its original printed label together with the original signature 'Collin-Mézin' which is near to the sound post on the inner back.

The tone is extremely rich and full and is easily produced, possessing many varied tonal colours. An ideal violin for the good advancing player of Grade 8 to diploma standard.

Ref: 216 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: 1925 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

Dating from 1925 this good French violin represents quality work from the workshops of COLLIN MEZIN jnr. It contains its original printed label and orignal signature in pencil on the inner back.

Based on the Nicolas Amati model, this violin is in a very good condition. The wood used is of the highest possible quality, especially the back which is very attractive. Unusually, the violin has been 'tropicalised' [tiny ebony pins inserted at all four corners both back and front] indicating that it was intended to be used in a country where the weather is indeed, tropical. Further evidence of its intended destination appears on the printed label, which states, in the form of a stamp, 'made in France'.

The tone is rich and full, with great resonance and equal over all four strings.

Ref: 232 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: c.1890 Back length: 359mm Status: Sold or on approval

The great French workshop of J.B. COLLIN-MEZIN at Mirecourt was at its height during the last quarter of the 19th century and first of the 20th century. Stringed instruments of the highest quality were sold in France and Britain and as far afield as America and Canada. In Great Britain the main distributor was Hawkes & Sons [later to become Boosey & Hawkes] who also were the sole agents for the work of Pedrazinni and Fagnola from Italy.

Few people are aware that in addition to Collin-Mezin instruments being offered with their usual labels and signatures, they produced a special series which were all copies of the J.B.Vuillaume style and were thus labelled. Originally conceived as a slightly less expensive range, they nevertheless lacked none of the skilful workmanship expected of that workshop.

We are pleased to offer one such instrument which is in very good condition and is made from attractive wood with exceptional acoustic properties and covered in a fine varnish of a transparent, golden-brown colour. The tone is rich and vibrant and with a large reservoir of sound to tap into.

Cousenon School violins

Ref: 136 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: French Year: c.1890 Back length: 358mm

This is a Strad copy, from an important workshop, which is in mint condition. £1,600

Daniel Moinel violins

Ref: 203 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: c.1935 Back length: 357mm

Three generations of the MOINEL family have worked in Paris and Mirecourt since 1850 and have established for themselves a reputation as superb luthiers.

The grandfather of DANIEL MOINEL, Francois Moinel, born in 1838, worked for such great French makers as Charles Gand, Emile Germain and the house of Gand and Bernadel in Paris. His ability as a maker was highly acclaimed and this has filtered through his family, down to his grandson Daniel.

DANIEL MOINEL was born in Paris in 1901, learning his trade originally from his uncle Charles Cherpital in Mirecourt and then in Paris with his father Charles, remaining and working with him for a few years. After a spell with the house of Maucotel and Deschamps, he set up his own premises in Paris in 1934 and two years later removed himself to the famous luthier street of rue de Rome (no 45) which is even today as important.

The violin we are offering by him here is a bold, Strad inspired example, made around 1935 when he was surely trying to impress Paris. It bears the ornate, printed label of Paul Beauscheur, who was a foremost dealer at the time and who introduced the work of many of the up and coming makers of Paris. On the interior can be seen two of Daniel Moinel's brands and a further one under the button of the exterior bottom rib.

This violin is in a mint condition and covered in a very finely textured oil varnish of a deep, orange-red colour. The tone of the violin has considerable power (when needed!) but it is resonant and with a variety of musical colours.

Dresden School violins

Ref: 144 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: German Year: c.1870 Size: half Status: Sold or on approval

A near perfect condition Strad copy. £1,500.

Emilio Rossi violins

Ref: 218 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Italian Year: 1937 Back length: 355mm

Born in 1895 in Piacenza, son of Domenico with whom he learned [a maker of great regard!] Emilio soon attracted much attention through the quality of his work and was awarded a gold medal in Cremona.

Another one of those 'no nonsense' Italian makers, who whilst basing their work on classical makers, imbued their work with that sense of individuality.

This violin from 1937 uses the Strad design as its basis. It is covered in a straw coloured varnish of considerable depth and the scroll is particularly well cut. This violin is in a mint condition and has an excellent tone.

English school violins

Ref: 174 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: English Year: c.1830 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

This is a particularly good English instrument made circa 1830 of the LEEDS SCHOOL, being in a mint condition. Typical of the style of instruments made by these makers, this violin in particular shows the influence of MARK DEARLOVE. The varnish is a fine light orange-brown colour in its original state. The tone is particularly strong but sympathetic.

Enrico Politi violins

Ref: 173 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: 1934 Back length: 354mm

This exceptional Italian violin, made by Enrico Politi, represents an example of the finest Italian work which was being produced in the early part of the 20th century. It bears the maker's original printed label, dated 1934, at Rome. This copy of a 'Guarneri del Gesu' is in a fine condition. The varnish, a rich golden-brown colour, is especially fine and very transparent. The owner of this instrument has used it for many years of professional work. As one would expect, the tone is superb.

Fausto Mario Bertucci violins

Ref: 217 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Italian Year: 1938 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

Born in Rome in 1897, the work of BERTUCCI falls into that category of late nineteenth and early twentieth makers whose work is often individual, but extremely well made and never boring.

Working in Rome, he produced some extremely good instruments and in 1923 created his own brand [brevet]which became a sort of trade mark and for three years from 1927 worked with Gonzalis Aurelis in Rome.

The violin which we offer here was made in 1938 and represents his best work. It bears the maker's printed label dated 1938 together with the maker's brand on the inner back 'F.M.B'

Based mostly on the Strad model, this violin is in a mint condition and covered in a deep red varnish, somewhat similar to the work of Melegari of Turin.

Tonally, the instrument has every required quality for a first rate violin, but in particular its great depth.

Ref: 245 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Italian Year: 1923 Back length: 355mm

We offer here another Italian violin by FAUSTO MARIIO BERTUCCI [see ref 217 for family details].

This instrument was made in 1923 and bears the maker's printed label together with three internal brands ['F.M.B']; one above the label, one on the top block and one on the interior table. It also bears the number 53 on the inner back.

The violin is extremely well made and is in a mint condition, covered in a fine, honey-coloured varnish. It has a rich, open tone of considerable depth and is a violin which would be ideal for the College student or young professional player.

Francois Pilliment violins

Ref: 279 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: c.1810 Back length: 357mm

Whilst Paris was the mecca for violin makers since around 1600,it was Mirecourt in the east of France that hosted many makers; they were closer to their source of wood in the Vosges forests.

By the 1750s Mirecourt was well established and hosted many luthiers and often offered their instruments as though made in Paris; the reasons are obvious!

FRANCOIS PILLIMENT was one such maker who was working there between the 1760s until the 1830s. His son also assisted him and their output, much regarded by musicians, was distributed to many of the cities throughout France.

The Philliment violin we offer here is a nice and typical example made circa 1810 and is in a very good condition. Unlike many violins of this period it is not oversized. It has a tone of considerable power and quality and even across over all four strings. It is covered in an attractive amber honey coloured varnish and contains the maker's brand 'Philliment' on the inner back.

François Pique violins

Ref: 186 Category: Rare and Special Origin: French Year: c.1790 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

FRANCOIS LOUIS PIQUE is rightly regarded as one of France's greatest makers, alongside his contemporary Lupot, with whom he collaborated on many occasions. Pique was born in the Vosges region of France and moved to Paris in 1777 and worked there through the upheaval of the Revolution until about 1816. The greatest influence for both these makers was Strad, whose model and ideas they adopted almost as a 'de rigour, whilst others were still making in the 'old' fashion. This violin, dating from circa 1790, is a very fine example of his work and is in a very fine condition. The choice of wood is exceptional and the varnish is a rich, red-brown colour. The tone is equally exceptional; it is strong, resonant and rich and easily produced. [Sold with the certificate of 'W. E. Hill & Sons' of London, dated 1943.]

Franz Koch violins

Ref: 167 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: German Year: 1923 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

Another fine example of the excellent work of Franz Koch of Dresden, showing just how superb German work can be. This violin is a Strad copy and is in a mint condition. It has the maker's original printed label together with his brands and is numbered "1-74". The tone is brilliant yet sympathetic and is an instrument ideal for an advancing younger player of grade VII plus.

Fritz Baumgartner violins

Ref: 257 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: Swiss Year: 1937 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

Born in 1891 in Basel, Switzerland, FRITZ BAUMGARTNER was the first important maker bearing that family name. The quality of his work progressed significently and by the 1920s had gained an international reputation.

This violin, dated 1937 and bearing the maker's original printed label is a very fine example of his work, exhibiting all the definitive and essential qualities of a well made instrument. The wood is really well chosen, especially the stunning one piece back and all covered in a beautiful oil varnish of a light, amber-honey colour.

In terms of tone, it is full and rich and resonant and partly because of the gentle arching, has a great reserve of power to tap into. The violin is in a mint condition.

Gagliano violins

Ref: 105 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: c.1760 Back length: 355mm Status: Sold or on approval

This fine Italian violin, made by a member of the Gagliano family, bears a printed label of Allesandro Gagliano dated 1720. This is a most interesting Neapolitan violin, whose sound holes resemble the work of Allesandro. The fine varnish, typical of the best of the Gagliano family, is a lovely orange- brown colour. The tone of this instrument is of soloist quality. (Certificate of Biddulph, Hanover Square, London).

George Apparut violins

Ref: 219 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1923 Back length: 355mm

GEORGE APPARUT was born in Juvaincourt [near to Mirecourt] France in 1877 and died there in 1948. His formative years as a luthier were spent with several of best known French and Belgium makers such as Paul Blanchard in Lyon and the great George Mougenot in Brussels.

At the beginning of the 1920s Apparut set up a workshop in Mirecourt, having both his sons working with him and two makers of enormous repute, René Cune and Paul Hilaire. The workshop remained small and intimate and dedicated itself to producing some of the finest stringed instruments in France at that period.

Recognition of his 'art' was expressed in the atelier winning many international prizes and medals including Paris.

Looking at an Apparut instrument one sees dedication to craftsmanship and the use of the finest woods both for the visual and acoustic properties.

This violin represents his top work. It is a copy of an old Italian instrument by Sancto Seraphin and is indicated thus on the original printed Apparut label. The violin is in a mint condition and covered with a stunning deep red oil varnish [Apparut is noted for the high quality of his varnishes]. The tone is 'bell like' but of great depth.

George Buckman violins

Ref: 276 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: English Year: 1878 Back length: 259mm

George BUCKMAN was a dedicated and good English violin maker, working at the latter part of the nineteenth Century and early 20th Century. The violin we offer here is a unique instrument. It is a child's violin (1/8 size) made in 1878 bearing the maker's original hand-written label. It is in a mint condition with an exceptional tone. Individually made instruments of this size are exceedingly rare, particularly if they are in a mint condition.

George Cone violins

Ref: 228 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1932 Back length: 355mm

GEORGE CONE continued the traditions of the Lyon school of making in France, which over the years since the 1880s has become very much regarded.
Born in 1877 Cone was a pupil of Durant at Mirecourt and then in 1896 with Paul Blanchard at Lyon. He continued working for Blanchard until 1912, then worked in various workshops abroad.

In 1928 he returned to Lyon where he took over the workshop of Emile Boulangeot and continued producing fine instruments there, helped by several good makers. In addition he was appointed Violin Maker to the Lyon Conservatoire and the 'Association Philharmonic de Lyon.

The violin we are offering here is one which was made in his workshops and bears the original printed label 'fait dans l'atelier de George Cone a Lyon
en 1932' ['made in the workshops of George Cone of Lyon in 1932']. Typical of the Lyon school, it is an instrument of superb craftsmanship and has that wonderful red varnish.

The tone is full and rich.

George Mougenot violins

Ref: 127 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Belgian Year: 1886 Back length: 359mm

GEORGE MOUGENOT was born in Mirecourt, France in 1843 where he was apprenticed to George Deroux and after working for various makers went to Liege and finally Brussels where he settled for the rest of his life, establishing a workshop of the highest standard and ever increasing popularity. In fact, this workshop was previously owned by Nicholas Vuillaume whose own reputation was known and respected throughout Europe. Today, Mougenot's work is regarded as being of the finest quality, both for craftsmanship and tone; even those instruments produced in his workshop by his assistants. He was the recipient of many gold and silver awards offered at various European conventions. This Strad copy is in a mint condition and of superb craftsmanship, covered in a fine, honey coloured varnish. The tone has a clear, bell-like quality, but of great depth.

George Wulme-Hudson violins

Ref: 109 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: English Year: 1930 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

This English violin, made by one of Britain's great 20th Century makers, is a copy of an old Italian master and was for many years masquerading as an Italian instrument made by Michel DECONET of Venice dated "17..". This particular violin is an example of his finest work, and as the images testify, it is made from the finest wood and covered in a beautiful oil varnish of an antiqued red, golden brown colour. This violin is in a mint condition.

Ref: 165 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: English Year: 1900 Back length: 357mm

This violin by GEORGE WULME HUDSON was sold by us over a year ago to a player who has now invested in a special Italian violin from us and we are therefore very pleased to offer the Hudson again.


This instrument, which is in a mint condition is a very fine and early example of the work of this outstanding early 20th Century maker. Hudson is universally recognised and his antiqued copies in particular are some of the finest in existence. This Strad copy, made when he was 33 years of age, is of the choicest wood and covered in a beautiful oil varnish of a light red-brown colour. Tonally, it is full and rich and very responsive.

Ref: 185 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: English Year: c.1930 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

This violin is a superb Nicolo Gagliano copy by the fine English maker GEORGE WULME HUDSON, completed around 1930. It is in a very good condition and has a particularly good oil varnish of a golden-brown colour and of a texture reminiscent of Neapolitan 18th century varnish. The choice of wood is exceptional, particularly the fine spruce table. In terms of tone, it has a great sonority and power over all the strings. Although this instrument is unlabelled, the maker's small brand 'caressi' can be seen on the upper, interior block.

Ref: 282 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: English Year: c.1935 Back length: 357mm

GEORGE WUULME HUDSON is now regarded as one of our finest early 20th century makers. His work is profoundly artistic. The violin we will be offering in a few weeks time is one of his finest and a full decription will appear soon.

Keep an eye on this space!

[photos pending]

Giovanni Baptista Panizzi violins

Ref: 255 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Italian Year: 1947 Back length: 357mm

Born in San Remo, Italy, in 1890 Giovanni PANIZZI was a self taught maker who became very much appreciated both in Europe and the U.S. His work is often very individual, but usually one can see the influence of an earlier great maker as a basis for his design.

The violin we offer here was made in 1947 and contains his original printed label and signature and inscription on the interior back next to the label. Showing the influence of Stradivari, this instrument is in a mint condition and covered in a fine deep red varnish. In terms of tone, it has a full and rich sound which is easily produced.

Giulio Degani violins

Ref: 188 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: 1894 Back length: 359mm Status: Sold or on approval

The father and son Eugenio and Giulio DEGANI represent the unique Venetian School of making which flourished at the end of the 19th and early 20th Century. Their instruments show a refreshing insight into the individual style of making and design. Nevertheless, there is no compromise for superb craftsmanship and a supreme choice of wood.

Giulio DEGANI was born in 1875 and worked with his father for several years, enhancing and sometimes emulating the style of his father's work.

1894 was the beginning of a turning point for Giulio, who won a coveted prize at the Milan exhibition. By 1898 he had taken over the day-to-day running of his father's workshop, but by 1922 had made the decision to emigrate to America, where he remained until his death in 1955.

The violin which we proudly offer was made in 1894 and could well have been the very instrument which he exhibited at the Milan exhibition. It certainly is an exceptional violin; statuesque and proud it defines Giulio's best. The work is impeccable and the varnish a soft, golden-brown colour. It is in a mint condition and possesses a tone of extraordinary beauty and depth with superb resonance. [Ref: Another Giulio Degani violin of the same year 1894 and which seems like the twin brother of this one, appears on page 154 of Atemio Versari's superb book of 'Great Italian Violin Makers']

Granier violins

Ref: 220 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: 1932 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

Daniel, Barbet and Granier were three makers who worked diligently at the end of the nineteenth century and early twentieth in Marseilles and helped to distinguish that city as an important centre for Luthiers.

Their workshop, which is still a luthiers, is in the Rue Paradis, literally around the corner from the Opera house.

The Granier family were particularly good makers. The two sons, Andre and Martin studied with Brugere and Bazin in Mirecourt and were thus very well trained. This violin, made in 1932 was produced in the workshops when Martin was in charge. It is representative of their work and is inspired by the Strad model, being in a mint condition.

Heberlein School violins

Ref: 134 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: German Year: c.1880 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

This Strad copy, made circa 1880, has a small repair on the table and is an excellent violin for the young player. £850.

Honore Derazey violins

Ref: 230 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: c.1850 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

JEAN JOSEPH HONORE DERAZEY was a great French maker whose name has become a household name in France and Britain in particular. He was born in 1794 and died in Mirecourt in 1883. His learning years were spent at various workshops in Mirecourt, but came to Paris where he worked for various makers and eventually for the greatest of French makers, J.B.Vuillaume.

His output was extensive, but the quality of his craftsmanship always of the highest order. He gained several honours and medals for his work especially in 1839, 1844 and 1849 and in England in 1862.

The violin which we offer here was made circa 1850 and is typical of his work at this period. It contains the maker's original brand 'H.Derazey' on the inner back below the left hand sound hole. It has the broad Lupot-Strad design and made from the finest of woods and covered in a fine light, honey coloured varnish, a shade which he seemed to favour. It is in a very good condition and has a strong, vibrant tone which is very responsive.

J T Lamy violins

Ref: 281 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: French Year: c.1890 Back length: 358mm

The famous workshops of JEROME THIBOUVILLE LAMY at Mirecourt in eastern France had produced instruments of every description for over a hundred years. They were considered the best producers of stringed instruments at every level. Always perfectly made.

The violin offered was made circa 1890 [their 'third' quality] and contains their original printed label. It is in a mint condition with an attractive one piece back and has a rich, strong easily produced tone. £2,000

Jacques Camurat violins

Ref: 190 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1957 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

JACQUES CAMURAT was born in Madrid in 1927, but worked almost all the rest of his life in France, firstly with Paul Baur in Angers. In 1947 he removed himself to Paris and worked for several years in the workshops of the great Parisian and international expert Vatelot.

The violin which we offer here, was made in 1957 and is a fine testament to just how great and sympathetic a maker Camurat was. The crafting of the whole of this Strad inspired violin is of the highest order and it is covered in a beautiful soft, light, red-brown oil varnish which simply glows. It is in an almost perfect state and has a rich, vibrant tone of great quality and resonance.

Ref: 241 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: Spanish Year: 1952 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

Another fine example of the work of JACQUES CAMURAT, who although born in Madrid in Spain in 1927, he moved and settled in Paris when he was twenty years of age and remained there until the early 1950s. His work and position in France was highly regarded and he did a great deal to enhance the position of Luthiers both in Paris and Mirecourt.

This violin, which is a Strad copy bears his printed label from Bilbao in northern Spain and dated 1952, suggesting that he had returned to Spain by this time. He certainly worked in Madrid for the remainder of his working life.

This instrument is in a mint condition and an example of his first rate craftsmanship. He is particularly noted for the quality of his varnish which is well applied and has a soft, oil appearance, no doubt helping the quality of the violin's tone.

James Rawes violins

Ref: 205 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: English Year: 1997 Back length: 355mm Status: Sold or on approval

JAMES RAWES is amongst one of the best makers in the UK at the moment! This violin which we are selling for a professional player, was made in 1997 and is a particularly fine example of his work. The quality of the wood chosen is exceptionally high. Every part of the craftsmanship is without criticism and the varnish a transparent, light, honey-brown colour of great quality.

It has a tone of depth and resonance, which is produced with ease, responsive to any bow requirements.

Jean Fritsch violins

Ref: 253 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1947 Back length: 355mm

Jean Paul Fritsch was born in France in 1910. He became apprendiced to Amidee Dieudonné at Mirecourt and later to Charles Enel in Paris. Whilst in Paris he worked for Paul Serdet for several years, before setting up his own premises in 1934.

This violin, made in 1947, exhibits all the great qualities of this truly superb craftsman and is in a near-perfect state. The tone is full, rich and bell-like.

Joannes Guillami violins

Showcase instrument

Ref: 231
Category: Rare and Special
Origin: Spanish
Year: c.1760
Back length: 357mm

Born in Barcelona, Catalan, Spain in 1702, JOANNES GUILLAMI represents one of the finest of the 18th century Spanish makers. Uniquely individual in the manner of his work, there is often seen however the influence of the great Italian maker Guadagnini.

This rare example of his latter work contains the maker's original printed label dated 17[60?] and is in an extremely good condition. It is constructed from the best quality wood and covered in an exceptionally fine rose, light brown coloured varnish of Cremonese quality.

The tone is full, rich and resonant and possessing many varying tonal colours.

Johann Christoph Leidorf violins

Ref: 266 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: Austrian Year: c.1750 Back length: 354mm

JOHANN CHRISTOPH LEIDORF and other members of his family were important Austrian makers and we are pleased to offer a good violin made by Johann Christian Leidorf around 1750 near to the end of his life in Vienna. The violin is in an exceptionally good condition, though the head is by another hand, possibly that of Joseph Ferdinant Leidorf.

The work of this family is rarely seen in this country, despite their large output. This violin has a rich, alto quality sound with fine projection.

Sold with a letter of authenticity from J&A Beare of London dated July, 1963.

Johannes Antonius Marchi violins

Ref: 169 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: 1761 Back length: 354mm Status: Sold or on approval

A fine and rare Italian violin made by Joannes Antonius MARCHI of Bologne. Machi was a maker who enjoyed a great reputation during his working life in Bologne, which spanned the years 1660 to 1730. He was also responsible for writing one of the first authoritative books on violin construction. This instrument is of medium arching and is made from very attractive woods, with a table which is from a spruce that has fine acoustic properties. The vanish is typical of this maker and is of a honey, light-brown colour. Bearing its original printed label dated 1761, this violin is in a very good condition and has been the principle working violin of a professional musician for many years. In terms of tone, it is bold and cannon-like, but extremely responsive and with a great carrying power. [Sold with the certificate of Etienne Vatelot, Paris, dated 1967, stating that the head is not original, but by a contemporary Italian maker].

John Dilworth violins

Ref: 264 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: English Year: 1997 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

JOHN DILWORTH is a flourishing modern, British maker, whose unique work is responsible, in part, for putting British instrument making at the highest, international level.

This violin, made in 1997 is a wonderful tribute to the copyist's art. It is a formidable representation of the famous 'Leduc' violin by Guarneri del Gesu of 1743 and once owned by Henrich Szering since 1970. The Dilworth copy is in a mint condition and has superb, beautifully shaded orange-brown varnish with the slightest hint of red. It bears the maker's printed label dated 1997 and is branded on the interior back, close to the sound post and is further branded on the bottom rib below the button.

A professional English violinist commissioned this instrument from John Dilworth and was his working instrument for many happy years, replacing his fine French violin by Lupot.

The tone is rich, responsive and possessing many varied 'colours'.

John Johnson violins

Ref: 210 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: English Year: 1764 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

It is so nice to see old friends returning! This violin by
JOHN JOHNSON was originally sold by us to a professional player over eleven years ago and who has now acquired an old Italian instrument. Lovingly looked after by the previous owner, the condition of the Johnson is almost perfect.

John Johnson was one of largest dealers in London and was renowned in particular for his excellent music publishing. His output as a maker was highly esteemed, as well as employing and selling the work of other makers.

This Johnson instrument is a typical and fine example of his work, skilfully made and covered in a glorious mid brown coloured varnish of fine quality. The tone has great depth and of considerable power.

Joseph Tarr violins

Ref: 280 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: English Year: 1888 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

William Tarr was an English maker residing in Manchester in the north of England during the 19th century and is regarded as one of finest maker of double basses. He also produced other stringed instruments including violins. He was helped by his two sons for many years. Shelly, the youngest son worked with him for many years whilst Joseph, the eldest son remained with him until 1900 when he emigrated to America. He was considered a very fine maker, particularly of violins.

The violin here is the work of JOSEPH TARR made in 1888, two years before he left for America. It is in a mint condition and contains his printed label dated 1888 together with an inscription on the inner table and several ink stamps.

The tone is wonderfully rich and powerful and full of interesting qualities and extremely responsive.

If there are instruments by Joseph of this quality in America, post 1900, then they are very lucky!

Joseph Vautrin violins

Ref: 251 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1909 Back length: 357mm

The beautiful little town of Chaumont in the Haute-Marne [near Champagne] in France was the home for over twenty five years of the French maker JOSEPH VAUTRIN. Born in Mirecourt in 1875 he became apprenticed to Chipot-Vuillaume and then went to Paris to work for Emile Germain as his top maker. He died in Chaumont in 1937.

The work of Vautrin is highly regarded. Craftsmanship is always of the highest order and the wood which he uses is certainly chosen for its beauty, but in particular for its acoustic properties. The varnish is another strong point of his conceptions; always transparent and of a superb quality. The tone of this Strad inspired violin is vibrant and 'bell-like'.

Jules Grandjon violins

Ref: 114 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: c.1860 Back length: 359mm Status: Sold or on approval

JULES GRANDJON was born in Mirecourt, France in 1824, learning his trade in the workshop of his father. He then moved to Paris to improve his skills by working with several of the capital's best makers and three years in Amsterdam with Louis Bernadel. He returned to Paris by 1850 and stayed there for several years, before establishing a large and famous workshop in Mirecourt. This Strad inspired violin was made circa 1860 and is a fine example of his personal work, bearing his printed label. It is in a mint condition and covered with his typical varnish of a superb quality, which is gently shaded and antiqued. The tone has a rich sonority which projects well and is easily produced.

Laberte workshop violins

Ref: 215 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: c.1930 Size: 356mm

Made in the great workshops of Laberte at Mirecourt, France circa 1930, this good violin bears the maker's printed label 'D.Soriot'. This label was applied to their middle quality instruments, intended to be used by advancing young players or amateurs with limited funds.

This particular violin is inspired by the Strad model and is in a mint condition and covered in a fine, honey coloured varnish. The choice of wood and craftsmanship are of the highest order and the tone vibrant and responsive.

Ref: 222 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: c.1920 Back length: 357mm

Another fine example from the French workshops of LABERTE at Mirecourt. Although this violin bears an original printed label from Caressa & Francais [stating: 'Fait sous le direction of Caressa & Fraciais' etc] it was made in the Laberte workshops and represents their better, general work.

The Strad model is the underlying influence in its design and the violin is produced from the best quality materials and covered in a fine varnish of an amber, honey colour which is lightly and tastefully antiqued.

The violin is in a mint condition and would be very suitable for an advancing younger player of the standard of about Grade 5 and which would be ideal to see them through to Grade 8 and beyond. The tone is excellent!

Ref: 223 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: c.1930 Back length: 359mm

Bearing its original printed label of 'L.H.F' and an artistic, elaborate design of a Lyre, this violin is again from the LABERTE workshops when it was know as 'Laberte-Humbert Freres', originally founded in 1919.

This Strad copy is in a mint condition and even though it was conceived as a less expensive instrument, there is no evidence at all of inferior work or craftsmanship.

Covered in a good varnish of a straw colour with a hint of red, this instrument has an exceptional tone.

Ref: 224 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: c.1920 Back length: 356mm

Yet another very good example from the workshops of LABERTE at Mirecourt made around the 1920s. It contains a facsimile printed label of Carlo Bergonzi of Cremona 1741 and represents an example from their range known as 'copie d'auteurs anciens'.

Again, this is an instrument which is of the highest order and is in a mint condition. A very suitable violin for Grade 5 plus, young advancing player.

Ref: 259 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: French Year: 1936 Back length: 358mm

This good French violin is from the great Mirecourt workshops of
LABERTE-HUMBERT. It is dated 1936 and numbered 7194 on its printed label. It is also sold with the original certificate and guarantee dated 1936.

The craftsmanship is of the highest order and the violin is in a mint condition. Covered in a very fine honey coloured oil varnish, the instrument has an enormous sonority which is easily produced.

This is, in our opinion, an ideal instrument for the up and coming young player of Grade VI and upwards.

Ref: 272 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: French Year: c.1900 Back length: 359mm

Here we have a very pretty French violin labelled "Courtureux" and made in the workshops of Laberte at Mirecourt circa 1900. The violin is in a mint condition and again, an ideal instrument for an advancing young musician of Grade IV plus. £1,500

Ref: 274 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: French Year: c.1890 Back length: 358mm

Labelled "D.Soriot", (one of the trade names used for violins by this workshop), this violin is in a mint condition and made from attractive, quality wood. Ideal for a player of Grade IV plus. £1,500

Ref: 140 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: French Year: c.1890 Size: three quarters

Three quarter, French, Labert workshop, mint condition - a very pretty violin. £1,400.

Leon Bernadel violins

Ref: 213 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1922 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

LEON BERNADEL was the last maker of the great luthier family of BERNADEL, which started around 1790 and continued throughout the nineteenth century and first half of the twentieth.

Born in 1853 in Paris, Leon worked with other members of his family and also for Honore Derazey and Gand. In 1914 he became a director of the great instrument making house of Cousenon and acted as the head of the stringed instrument making department.

He still continued to make and was responsible for the output of their best production know as the 'Monopol' range, played mostly by professional players.

This 'Monopol' violin dates from 1922 and is in a perfect state. It embodies the best of French making. The label is dated 1922 and it is numbered 209, together with several brands on the interior. It is a Strad copy, covered in a deep red oil varnish, redolent of the quality seen on the instruments of Gand & Bernadel of Paris.

The tone has great sonority and depth, but with excellent projection.

Léon Mougenot (Gauche) violins

Ref: 157 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1919 Back length: 356mm

This famous French workshop, under the direction of Leon Mougenot, produced instruments of the finest quality. Leon was the son of George Mougenot who had established himself in Brussels as a very fine French/Belgium maker of international fame. Before settling in Mirecourt around 1899 to create his own workshop, Leon worked both in Lyons and Paris and even spent a few years in London working for the great firm of W. E. Hill & Sons in Bond Street. This violin, which is a Strad copy, is in a mint condition and covered in a light, honey-brown coloured varnish. The tone is powerful, expressive and very even across all the strings.

Ref: 207 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1943 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

This violin is an exceptional example from the LEON MOUGENOT workshop. Considering that it was made during the second world war, when resources were scarce and the movement of people highly restricted, this violin is astonishing.

The choice of wood is superb, whilst the crafting of the violin flawless. It is covered in a beautiful rich red varnish, gently antiqued on the once piece back. The tone is 'bell like' and of great depth.

Sold with the certificate of Vatelot/Rampal of Paris 2010.

Louis Billotet violins

Ref: 265 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: c.1920 Back length: 358mm

LOUIS FERNAND BILLOTET was a French maker [died 1948] whose work is truly exceptional and equal in quality and conception to many of his Italian contemporaries such as Pedrazzini and Fagnola, etc. He was an apprentice to the great Parisian maker Charles Enel and afterwards set himself up in the same city in the boulevard Bessier. His work is meticulous and stunning and his often red varnish of the finest quality.

The violin we offer here was made in the 1920s and is a testament to his finest work. It bears his original printed label which is signed and dated and numbered. In addition it bears his circular brand on the interior back, slightly overlapping the label at the top left-hand side and is further branded 'L.Billotet a Paris' below the label. It is in a mint condition and has a tone of 'soloist' quality.

Luc Gallicanne violins

Ref: 277 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1925 Back length: 358mm

Surprisingly, the work of Luc GALLICANNE is not often seen given he is supposed to have been a fairly prolific maker. Born in 1884 he established himself in Paris in 1923 and worked there for the rest of his life. He won medals at the Geneva exhibition in 1927 -- and rightly so; his work is of the highest quality. The Gallicanne we offer here [numbered '50' on his ornate, printed label dated 1925] is an exceptional instrument which is in a mint condition and has a beautiful deep red varnish of great transparency. Its tone is strong, vibrant and easily produced. It is an ideal violin for an advanced player or young professional.

Luigi Marconcini violins

Ref: 164 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: 1793 Back length: 353mm Status: Sold or on approval

An opportunity to acquire a truly magnificent classical Italian violin which is in a remarkably fine condition. Luigi Marconcini was a maker living in Ferrara whose work was extremely fine. The choice and quality of wood is exceptional and the varnish a light reddish brown colour of great depth and transparency. [This is offered with two certificates from John & Arthur Beare, London, dated 1983 and 1998.]

Luigi Paoli violins

Ref: 244 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Italian Year: 1943 Back length: 356mm

LUIGI PAOLI was born in 1908 and began his working life as a luthier in Naples but then moved to Trieste where he settled and created for himself an increasing, advancing reputation. He seemed to be one of those 'no-nonsense' makers who never seemed to fall into the trap of producing instruments that looked and sounded like 'mutton dressed up like lamb'.

His integrity as a maker is shown in the quality of the wood he used and the clear, precise craftsmanship he always adopted. This example, dated 1943 is a Gagliano copy and is in a mint condition and a superb example of his artistic approach. The wood is beautiful and chosen for its acoustic properties, especially the one piece back. Enhancing this is a transparent varnish of a golden, honey colour.

Marcellus Robin violins

Ref: 226 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: c.1925 Back length: 356mm

MARCELLUS PIERRE ROBIN was born in Moulis [a sleepy, beautiful little town near to St.Giron in the Pyenees region of France] and then moved to Bordeaux in 1905 where he became a professional bass player in addition to setting himself up as a luthier operating a small workshop employing a few important makers. He remained there for over 22 years, enjoying an ever increasing reputation.

This violin, made circa 1925 is a joy to look at and play! It is a copy of a Domenico Montagnana of Venice from circa 1750 and is in a perfect condition. He has used the very finest of materials and produced an instrument of great beauty, covering it in an oil varnish of a deep red-brown colour.

It bears two of his signatures, one on the inner back and one on the inner table. It has a tone of great strength and projection.

Mario Capicchioni violins

Ref: 184 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: 1987 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

An exceptionally fine, modern Italian violin made by MARIO CAPICCHIONI at Rimini in 1987. This beautiful Guarneri copy is in a perfect state and has been the concert instrument of a professional musician for many years [It is sold with the certificate of Eric Blot of Cremona dated October 2002 and is also illustrated on page 177 in the authoritative book on the Capicchioni family by Marcello Villa]. Apart from the superb craftsmanship of Capicchioni instruments, they are renowned for their rich, brilliant yet sympathetic tone and this violin possesses all these qualities.

Markneukirchen School violins

Ref: 199 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: German Year: c.1900 Back length: 355mm Status: Sold or on approval

Bearing a printed label CARLO STORIONI, CREMONENSIS, FACIEBAT followed by the date, these violins have been misrepresented over the decades. Many people have thought that they were buying the genuine, Italian article. There were several sold at auction which fetched excessive prices, indicating that the Italian myth still persisted.

Several experts over the decades thought that they were the product of the famous Munich workshop of Rieger and Fiorini, probably because of the refined craftsmanship of the instruments. In fact, they are probably the product of a superb Markneukirchen workshop, who distributed them entirely to a British concern, who subsequently inserted their 'registered' label.

This example is in a mint condition and is dated 1911. The wood is of the highest quality and the craftsmanship impeccable, covered in a fine quality, light brown varnish. The tone is rich and full and very resonant.

Michael Seizz violins

Ref: 197 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: German Year: 1823 Back length: 360mm Status: Sold or on approval

Mittenwald in Germany has been the bed-rock of stringed instrument making for many centuries now and has produced some outstanding makers and indeed families of makers. Names like Klotz, Hornsteiner, Neuner, Jais and Kriner come to mind as some of the best.

The name of Seizz [also spelt 'Seitz'] represents another family of great making tradition, though less well known in Britain. Michael Seizz worked in Mittenwald in the early part of the 19th century and was a highly regarded craftsman. He often worked for other makers, which is why we do not see his individual examples so often. However, we are very pleased to be able to offer a violin by him, which represents his finest work and which contains his original, written label dated 1823.

This beautifully made violin is in a mint condition and shows his preference for the Strad model. The wood is carefully chosen and the varnish a stunning, light honey-brown colour. Tonally, the instrument has great strength and is highly responsive.

Mirecourt School violins

Ref: 141 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: French Year: c.1890 Size: three quarters

Three quarter, French violin, workshop of J. Thibouville-Lamy, made circa 1890. Mint condition - another pretty violin. £1,500.

Ref: 143 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: French Year: c.1900 Size: three quarters

Three quarter French violin from the workshop of J. Thibouville-Lamy made circa 1900 labelled "Mansuy". Good condition. £600

Ref: 145 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: French Year: c.1900 Size: half

In a near perfect condition, a copy of a "Breton". £1,300.

Ref: 146 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: French Year: c.1900 Size: half

A near perfect half size French violin, Strad copy. £1,200.

Ref: 147 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: French Year: c.1920 Size: half

Mint condition half size violin, Mirecourt School. £925.

Ref: 148 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: French Year: c.1910 Size: half

A mint condition half sized Mirecourt violin labelled "El Maesro". £800.

Miroslav Tsonay violins

Ref: 135 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: Bulgarian Year: 1994 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

This violin from the workshops of MIROSLAV TSONAY in Sophia, Bulgaria is an exceptional example of mid European work which is in a perfect state. The choice of wood is excellent and the varnish a very attractive light, red-brown colour. The tone is full and rich and very responsive.
£1,800

Mittenwald violins

Ref: 142 Category: Up to £2,000 (children's instruments - small size) Origin: German Year: c.1890 Size: three quarters

Three quarter German violin made in the workshops of Neuner & Hornsteiner, a Strad copy in a very good condition. £1,400.

Nestor Audinot violins

Ref: 233 Category: Rare and Special Origin: French Year: 1880 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

NESTOR AUDINOT was born in Mirecourt, France in 1842 and learned violin making firstly with his father Leopold and then with Sébastien Vuillaume in Paris from 1863 until 1868. After setting up by himself for seven years, he took over Sébastien Vuillaume's workshop at 17 Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle on that maker's death.

Esteemed as one of the greatest makers in France during the last four decades of the 19th century, NESTOR AUDINOT'S work is of the highest order and quality.

Today, his instruments are sought after by players throughout Europe and America. He was one of those magicians who was able to synthesize the finest craftsmanship with the finest of materials to create what every musician is looking for; an instrument which is foremost a vehicle to enable the player to produce a superb sound of great warmth, colour and projection.

The violin we offer here is one such example and in our opinion probably one of his finest. Made in Paris in 1880 it is a Strad inspired instrument which is in a mint condition. It is produced from the finest of timbers, both visually and acoustically and covered in a beautiful honey, red-brown oil varnish.

Ref: 248 Category: Rare and Special Origin: French Year: 1914 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

We are offering here another superb violin by the French maker NESTOR AUDINOT. Based on the Guarneri pattern [his most favoured maker] this instrument is in a mint condition and was made in 1914 according to his original printed label and numbered 344[?]. In addition, the interior of the violin has no less then five brands!

The tone of this violin should appeal to most players; it is rich, responsive and with great power to tap into when required.

Ref: 240 Category: Rare and Special Origin: French Year: 1904 Back length: 358mm

We are very privilaged to offer another superb violin from the hands of NESTOR DOMINIQUE AUDINOT. This instrument, influenced by the early work of the great Italian maker J.B.Guadagnini circa 1740, is an example of his finest output, cementing the concept that Audinot was one of France's greatest late 19th and early 20th makers and certainly in the same league as the best Italian contemporaries.

Made from the finest of woods, it is covered in a glorious red coloured varnish over a golden ground that simply sparkles and in its texture similar to the varnish of Guadagnini himself. It is gently and artistically 'antiqued'.

The violin is in a mint condition and contains its original printed label dated 1904 and numbered 337 and is branded internally in three places on the inner table and inner back.

The tone is superb!

Neuner violins

Ref: 133 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: German Year: c.1840 Back length: 359mm Status: Sold or on approval

A nice example of the Neuner workshop in Mittenwald, made circa 1840, which is in an almost mint condition. £1,800.

Neuner & Hornsteiner violins

Ref: 237 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: German Year: c.1870 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

The great Mittenwald violin making firm of NEUNER & HORSTEINER were flourishing for well over 100 years, producing stringed instruments of all qualities. They created a style of making unique to the Bavarian School, basing their instruments mostly on the Strad design. Matius Neuner was himself a great maker, having worked in France for several years for the unique maker J.B. Vuillaume. He brought back to Mittenwald all the refined skills he had learned in Paris.

They always used the finest acoustic wood and in most cases a rich red varnish which was never too 'glaring'.

This violin dating from the 1870s is an example of their finest work and is in a mint condition. It bears their printed label 'Matius Neuner......1833'. The tone is extremely rich and responsive and an ideal violin for the advancing player. We would even go so far as to suggest that in terms of tone, a professional player would be more than happy to play on this violin!

Ref: 275 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: German Year: c.1860 Back length: 360mm

The work from Neuner & Hornsteiner is invariably of the highest quality. The example here, inspired by the work of Strad, is a particularly fine example. It is in a mint condition and covered with a beautiful light red-brown varnish so typical of their instruments. Tonally, it is superb! It has vibrancy an extraordinary richness that is easily produced.

Nicolo Gagliano violins

Ref: 168 Category: Rare and Special Origin: Italian Year: 1756 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

We are pleased to offer, on behalf of a retired professional musician and soloist, an Italian violin made by Nicolo Gagliano of Naples in 1756. The previous owner, the distinguished Argentinian soloist, Alberto Lysy used it for several years as his main concert instrument. This exquisite violin represents the finest work of Gagliano and is in an almost perfect state. The rich velvety varnish is a beautiful warm orange brown colour and the tone of this violin is outstanding. Sold with the certificate of J & Arthur Beare, London.

Paesold violins

Ref: 161 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: German Year: 2002 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

A mint condition student instrument from this famous German workshop. Ideal for a young player requiring their first good full-size violin. A Strad copy in mint condition.

Paul Bailly violins

Ref: 172 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1890 Back length: 355mm Status: Sold or on approval

Another example from this first class French maker which was made, however whilst he was resident in London. Bearing its original printed label it is dated '1890' and numbered '603', together with his signature and number in ink on the inner back. This copy of a Strad, is in a mint condition and represents his finest work. It is covered in the maker's best oil varnish of a red, amber-brown colour delicately shaded. The tone is exceptionally full and rich.

Ref: 120 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1907 Back length: 359mm

Another fine example of this famous French maker's work, made in the last year of his life in Paris. Despite being made in his 63rd year, the violin shows no sign of a diminishing talent. The design is based on an older Italian instrument and is probably a copy of a violin belonging to one of his clients. It is in a near-mint condition, with a minor, top rib repair. The tone is of considerable strength but with a certain mellowness.

Ref: 131 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: c.1880 Back length: 358mm

What a fantastic and exciting maker PAUL BAILLY became! From his birth at Mirecourt in 1844 until his death in 1907 he worked in and travelled to, many places throughout Europe. He was a highly prolific maker and believed in the work ethic that 'fast work was good work'. A rather arrogant statement to make for most craftsman, but in his case, it worked. Having been trained by the great Jules Gaillard he went to work for the even greater, world renowned Luthier in Paris, J. B. Vuillaume. In artistic conception, his work is quite varied, but always underpinned by superb craftsmanship. This violin, which is in a mint condition, dates from circa 1880 and is based on the Strad model. Tonally, it is full and rounded and remarkably responsive.

Paul Blanchard violins

Ref: 189 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1907 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

An exceptional and fine French violin made by PAUL BLANCHARD of Lyon, bearing the maker's original printed label dated 1907 and numbered 863, together with his external brand 'PB' on the lower rib below the button.

Born at Mirecourt in 1851, Blanchard developed as a maker over the following five decades to become one of the most respected Luthiers both in France and throughout many countries in Europe and the USA.

Apprenticed to Darte and supposedly the great J. B. Vuillaume in Paris, he worked firstly with H. C. Silvestre in Lyon between 1869 and 1876 and then established his own workshop in that great city. His reputation increased enormously and eventually became top maker to the Lyon Conservaiore, providing also stringed instruments and bows to the theatres and orchestras of that city.

This Strad copy, representing his best work, is in a mint condition and covered in a wonderful, transparent, deep red oil varnish, now so typical of the Lyon school of making. It has a tone of great warm, but with a 'well' of powerful sound to be tapped into when needed.

Paul Kaul violins

Ref: 115 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1904 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

PAUL KAUL is another great 20th Century French maker, who worked both in Paris and Nantes and whose instruments are highly regarded in this country. Born in Mirecourt in 1875 [the sort of 'cradle' of violin making in France for many centuries] he worked his apprenticeship at the great and vast workshops of Thibouville-Lamy, who had been established there for decades. In 1900 he was fortunate to work for the great firm of Silvestre & Maucotel in Paris until 1907, when he created his own workshop in the beautiful Breton city of Nantes. He returned to Paris in the late 1920s. This superbly made violin, showing the influence of a Strad model is a typical example of his best work and is dated from 1912. It has a rich sonority and a great 'well' of power to explore. [Sold with the certificate of Serge Boyer of Paris.]

Resuche & Diter violins

Ref: 270 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1897 Back length: 356mm

CHARLES RESUCHE & JUSTIN DITER worked as a partnership in Lyon, France for ten years from 1890 until 1897. Both makers came from a sound and professional background as luthiers both in Paris and Lyon. Resuche worked in Paris at the great house of Gand and Bernadel whilst Diter, having been taught by Paul Bailly went to Lyon and worked for Blanchard.

The work of Resuche and Diter is typical of the Lyon school of that period as is this violin which is in a mint condition and was made in the final year of their partnership. It contains their printed label.

Riccardo Bergonzi violins

Ref: 225 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: Italian Year: 1995 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

RICCADO BERGONZI is one of Italy's finest modern makers. Born in 1961 in Cremona, he can trace his family back six generations to the great Carlo Bergonzi who worked in that same city and was a pupil of Stradivari. He made his first violin at the age of twelve. Later, he and his brother were accepted as students at the World renown violin making school at Cremona. Studying with Stefano Conia, he graduated in 1979 as 'the best pupil of his year' and was immediately asked to become a teacher at the Cremona School where he remained until 1990. He has won many medals for his instruments.

The violin which we are selling was made in 1995 and is in a mint condition. It is a beautiful copy of a Guarneri del Gesu and contains the maker's original label and named 'Egisto Naponi' together with his monogram in ink.

It has a most wonderful tone that can be compared favourably with many older Italian instruments costing huge prices.

Roger & Max Millant violins

Ref: 227 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1943 Back length: 355mm

ROGER & MAX MILLANT were brothers who were born and worked in Paris for the first half of the twentieth century and stand out as probably the best makers in that city. Roger was born in 1901 and Max in 1903 and they set up their premises together in 1923 at number 51 Rue de Rome. This street hails as the centre for Luthiers and is still considered the most important area in Paris for that purpose. The shop is still in existence and is now run by Max's son, Bernard.

Both brothers were resident in London for a short period, working for Dykes and sons before returning to Paris, where their reputation as makers increased substantially, not just in Paris but the whole of France and Europe.


The violin by Roger & Max was made in 1943 [numbered 1073] and is an example of violin 'art' at its very best. It is a splendid copy of a Guarneri del Gesu which is in a mint condition and covered in the most beautiful oil varnish of a red-brown colour. It bears the makers' printed label together with their triangular stamp [rMm] above the label on the inner back.

As a playing instrument, it has all the qualities of a fine violin, with a tone of considerable penetration and depth.

Saxon School violins

Ref: 176 Category: £2,001 - £5,000 Origin: German Year: c.1860 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

A very good German school of the SAXON SCHOOL made circa 1860 being in a mint condition (bearing its original fingerboard which is in good condition). A Strad influenced violin, it is covered in a good transparent amber coloured varnish.

Silvestre & Maucotel violins

Ref: 111 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: French Year: 1903 Back length: 357mm

This Strad copy, made in the workshops of Silvestre & Maucotel in 1903 bears their printed label together with internal brands. The violin is covered in a deep rich red oil varnish. The condition is almost mint and the tone is full, rich and responsive. Silvestre & Maucotel established one of the finest Paris workshops at the début of the 20th Century, joining forces in 1900 and together, with their other talented makers, produced some very splendid instruments until 1913 when Hippolyte Silvestre died. Ernest Maucotel, who was apprenticed to Paul Bailly at Mirecourt, continued for several years in association with Deschamp.

Ref: 246 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1903 Back length: 356mm

We are pleased to offer another fine French violin from the great Parisian luthiers SILVESTRE & MAUCOTEL [see Ref: 111 for historic details].

This Strad copy made in the same year as our other violin by Silvestre & Maucotel [1903] and numbered 496 on their printed label together with internal brands is in a good condition and a typical example of their best work.

Covered in an oil varnish of a red-brown colour, the violin has an excellent warm tone of considerable projection.

Simon Peters violins

Showcase instrument

Ref: 268
Category: £10,001 - £20,000
Origin: Belgian
Year: 2012
Back length: 355mm

SIMON PETERS has produced another superb violin for us! Like many of his personal instruments, we see the influence of the Gagliano family of Naples and in particular that of Nicolas Gagliano.

This violin is a faithful copy of Nicola's work and contains a facsimile printed label together with the Simon Peter's brand above it.

The craftsmanship is faultless; the choice of wood of the highest order and the varnish truly beautiful and very transparent. In terms of tone, this instrument stands its ground against violins worth many more thousands of pounds.

Ref: 211 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: Belgian Year: 2010 Back length: 355mm Status: Sold or on approval

SIMON PETERS is a young maker of stringed instruments. He comes from Belgium. He lives in Brussels. He frequently visits London and he is also probably one of the finest living makers in Europe and beyond!

Because of his profound craftsmanship and a personal admiration for instruments of the Gagliano family, we commissioned him to make a copy of the Nicola Gagliano violin mentioned on our web-site [Ref: 168], which belonged to the international soloist Alberto Lysy.

The result is astonishing! An instrument has evolved which encompasses every essential aspect of a fine violin. All measurements, thicknesses and general weight are perfect. He has used the finest wood and the varnish of such superb quality, which has been applied with artistic skill.

The tone is rich, vibrant and with a fine depth.

Showcase instrument

Ref: 249
Category: £5,001 - £10,000
Origin: Belgian
Year: 2011
Back length: 357mm

We have commissioned SIMON PETERS and his workshop in Brussels to create for us specially, violins of outstanding craftsmanship and tone.

They are all made entirely by hand and varnished by Simon himself from a recipe which he has perfected over several years. They are set up with the best quality fittings and strings and represents extraordinary value at £6,000.

We are pleased to offer three examples, two of a personal/Strad model whilst the other is inspired by the work of the famous 18th Century Italian maker, Testore.

Stefano Conia violins

Ref: 250 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: Italian Year: 1998 Back length: 355mm Status: Sold or on approval

STEFANO CONIA is considered as one of Italy's top modern makers, working in Cremona and we are pleased to offer, on behalf of a client, this superb violin which was made especially for them in 1998.

It is an almost mint condition and is sold with the maker's original certificate. The tone is full and rich with a mature quality of sound.

Szepessy Bela violins

Ref: 252 Category: £10,001 - £20,000 Origin: Hungarian Year: 1885 Back length: 357mm Status: Sold or on approval

Since the publication of Peter Benedec's scholarly book on the violin makers of Hungary, the music world has become gradually educated into accepting that Hungary has produced some World class makers. Standing head and shoulders above most, was the superb late nineteenth, early twentieth century violin maker SZEPESSY BELA.

Born in 1856 in Pest he studied his craft with Engleder and Nemassanyi [from 1868 to 1874] both of whom were considered internationally as fine makers.
He then moved to Vienna and spent six years there improving his techniques.
At the age of twenty five he made another move and spent the next 40years in London, carving out for himself an international reputation. Needless to say, his instruments are highly esteemed.

The violin of his, which we offer here and which is the property of a retired professional violinist who has commissioned us to sell it, is an example of his best work. Made in London in 1885 and numbered 19 on his printed label it also has his inscription in pencil on the inner, upper back. It is a beautiful, robust copy of a Guarneri, covered in a superb oil varnish of a rich, red-brown colour. It is in a mint condition and has a vibrant, responsive tone.

Thomas J Holder violins

Ref: 254 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: French Year: 1922 Back length: 355mm

Thomas James Holder was born in Wales in 1874 and went to Paris in 1913 where he worked until 1929. His craft is highly regarded both in France and Britain. Most of his violins are inspired by the Strad model.

This violin is in a mint condition, bears its original printed label and is branded internally in several places. Of particular beauty, is the rich deep red-brown varnish. It possesses an extremely fine tone which is rich, powerful and responsive.

William Robinson violins

Ref: 238 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: English Year: 1934 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

The late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Britain produced some exceptional makers. WILLIAM ROBINSON who worked in London at the début of the twentieth century was a well respected luthier whose work was generally very neat. Nearly all his instruments are covered in a fine brown varnish and he used excellent materials.

The instrument we see here is Strad inspired and is in a mint condition. It contains the maker's printed label dated 1934 and numbered 318, together with his signature.

In terms of tone and as a direct result of using fine acoustic wood, we have a violin of considerable richness and projection.

An ideal violin for that advancing player of Grade VI and above or for the good amateur player.

Wolf Bros violins

Ref: 247 Category: £5,001 - £10,000 Origin: German Year: 1888 Back length: 358mm Status: Sold or on approval

The firm of WOLF BROTHERS in Germany, were operating during the last quarter of the 19th century and first quarter of the 20th century and were distributing their stringed instruments throughout Europe and the United States of America, but in particular, the British Isles. The production that they offered were of the finest quality.

The violin which we are offering here represents their best work and is a Strad inspired instrument. It was made in 1888 [numbered 201] and is in a perfect state. The tone is full and rich and with supreme projection.

(unknown) violins

Ref: 138 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: German Year: c.1970 Back length: 356mm Status: Sold or on approval

A modern German violin, a Strad copy, in a mint condition. £850.

Ref: 139 Category: Up to £2,000 (students' instruments) Origin: Slovak Year: c.1930 Back length: 355mm

A mint condition Strad copy from a Slovak workshop, ideal for a student up to Grade IV. £750.

(various) violins

Ref: 150 Category: New hand-made Origin: Chinese Year: n/a Size: full-size

Indicative price range: £600 - £2,000.