Notable Sales of Fine Instruments and Bows

Bisiach Workshop Violin, Milan circa 1930

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Bisiach Workshop ViolinThis is a fine Italian violin from the Bisiach workshop. Although it comes with a certificate from Giacomo & Leandro Bisiach as a Giuseppe Ceruti and appears to bear an original Ceruti label, in fact it’s a typical example of the dodgier “back room “ activities of this workshop. We are gradually becoming aware of the extent to which the Bisiachs produced fake “antiques” for their gullible clientele, and it was very common for a new instrument to be made with parts of an earlier violin. More details


Bisiach Workshop Violin, Milan circa 1925

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Made in the Bisiach violin workshopThis is an exceptional Italian violin from the early 20th century. The Bisiach shop was a gathering point for some great and talented makers – the Antoniazzi family, Gaetano Sgarobotto and many others. Along with the ‘new build’ instruments which received a Bisaich label (even if no Bisiach had a hand in the making), the shop produced fine antiqued instruments, many of which were sold or passed off as originals. This is a perfect example, broadly an attempt at a Guadagnini, and in some ways very credible. More details


JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

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JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900Joseph-Arthur Vigneron is another of the great names in French bow-making. Like so many of the better late 19th century makers he worked for Gand & Bernardel before setting up on his own. He developed his own very successful model, rather more masculine than Voirin or Lamy, balanced a bit more to the heel, and with very exaggerated chamfers to the head. This is a typical example of his work – it was the much-loved first bow of a retired professional. More details


William ‘Royal’ Forster Small Viola, London 1792

William 'Royal' Forster Small Viola, London 1792
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1900

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Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Milan circa 1900

Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Milan circa 19
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François Louis Pique Violin, Paris 1804

François Louis Pique Violin, Paris 1804
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Dezsö Bárány Violin, Budapest 1936

Dezsö Bárány Violin, Budapest 1936

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Tubbs Violin Bow, London, circa 1910

Tubbs Violin Bow
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Cornelis Kleynman Violin, Amsterdam circa 1660

Cornelis Kleynman Violin, Amsterdam circa 1660
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Violin by Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre, Paris 1892

Violin by Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre, Paris 1892
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Hippolyte Camille Lamy Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Joseph Alfred Lamy Violin Bow
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Janos Spiegel Small Viola, Budapest circa 1920, 38cm

Janos Spiegel Small Viola, Budapest circa 1920
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A Violin by Matthew Hardie, Edinburgh 1802

Matthew Hardie, Edinburgh 1802
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