Fine professional violins £5,000 to £20,000

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A Bohemian Violin labelled Fernandino Politi, circa 1930

£5,250

A Bohemian Violin labelled Fernandino Politi, circa 1930This is a very nicely made and fine-sounding “anonymous” violin. It doesn’t fit exactly into any school of making, but it seems most likely to be a handmade instrument from north of the Alps. The model is elegant and personal with pronounced upper rib corners, the scroll is very neat, and the purfling is handmade. More details


Testore Labelled Violin, early 19th century

£6,000

Testore Labelled Violin,  early 19th centuryThis lovely little violin has flummoxed everyone who has seen it. It has resisted dendrochronology, and it has no clear geographical identifying features. All that can be said for certain is that it has strong Italian features, though the scroll is reminiscent of the English fakers such as John Wilkinson. My own guess is that it’s a Central Italian violin from the early 19th century with a later scroll More details


A Fine Mirecourt Violin circa 1890

£6,000

A Fine Mirecourt Violin circa 1890This is a very pretty unlabelled Mirecourt violin which would bear comparison with a better Collin-Mézin, both in sound and in workmanship. The outline is a Bergonzi model, broadened and with the arching flattened out – the resulting sound is honey-smooth, very articulate, strong and projecting. More details


Johann Schult Violin, Lübeck 1939

£6,500

Johann Schult Violin, Lübeck 1939 for sale This is an excellent violin by Johann Schult, one of the best early 20th century German makers – he was appointed court violin maker to the Duke of Mecklenburg in 1907. The wood is superb, the varnish is rich and lustrous, and the work is artistic and highly skilled. The sound is top class, bright, sugary and strong with great sustain. It has a clear and unique cantabile voice – an unusually smooth and responsive violin suitable for a professional player. More details


Alex Smillie Violin, Glasgow 1891

£7,000

Alex Smillie Violin, Glasgow 1891Alex Smillie is for me the most successful Scottish maker after Matthew Hardie. As far as we know Smillie was self-taught, but his violins are beautifully and artistically executed, quite faithful to the Italian instruments which inspired him, and they always sound good. This particular violin is an early example with a deep brown oil varnish, very pronounced corners, and an unusually fine one-piece back. More details


Abele Naldi Violin, Milan 1968

£7,000

Abele Naldi Violin, Milan 1968This is a lovely violin by 20th century Milanese maker Abele Naldi. It’s unmistakably Italian in conception, just on the artistic side of brash, very individual in model and execution. The spruce used for the front is exceptional – very regular closely spaced grain, probably the same wood that Naldi used for guitars – and the back and ribs are made from wood with a spectacular quilted figure, possibly pearwood. More details


An English Violin of the Withers School, circa 1900

£7,000

An English Violin of the Withers School, circa 1900This is a fine English violin from the turn of the century – although it’s not up to the standard of an Edward Withers, it shows many similar points of style, and was probably made in the Withers shop. The wood is of excellent quality and the work is very precise. The condition is unusually good – there are no cracks or repairs of any kind. There’s a bit of erosion to the outer edge of the right f-hole, but this is a very minor quibble. More details


A Good Mittenwald Violin circa 1780

£7,500

good mittenwald violinThis is a very tidy late 18th century violin, probably Mittenwald by a follower of Bartholomaus Karner, showing all the typical features of South German construction. It has very rounded “Dutch Barn” shoulders, a one-piece bottom rib with inset saddle, inside mould construction with classic Mittenwald inner blocks, and a lovely soft red varnish. More details


Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Violin, Mirecourt 1905

£9,000

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Violin, Mirecourt 1905Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, or JTL, is one of the best-known names in the violin trade. The JTL mega-workshops in the Vosges produced hundreds of thousands of violins from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Mostly these were student violins which have remained popular on account of their excellent sound. But they also produced beautiful handmade “violons de maitre”, most likely the work of Alfred Acoulon More details


Gustav Methfessel Violin, Bern circa 1905

£10,000

Gustav Methfessel Violin, Bern circa 1905I can’t pretend that I’m at all familiar with Methfessel as a maker, or with Swiss violin-makers in general, but if this violin is in any way typical, then that’s something I’m going to have to put right! This is an exceptional sounding violin – also very neatly made, with great attention to detail inside and out, using the best materials. The spruce is outstanding – very even and straight grain with a lovely “haselfichte” figure. More details


A Fine Hungarian Violin by Jozsef Mirth, Budapest 1933

£10,000

A Fine Hungarian Violin by Jozsef Mirth, BudapestJozsef Mirth worked for Miska Frirsz and Janos Spiegel before stepping out on his own – he was a prolific maker, but remains pretty much unknown outside Hungary. This violin is a superb example of the Budapest style that reached perfection in the work of Paulus Pilat. The varnish is gorgeous, the wood is superb, and the execution of the scroll, f-holes and edges is precise and artistic. More details


Charles J.B. Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1898

£12,000

Charles J.B. Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1898Collin-Mézin is probably one of the best known names in the violin trade. Although the firm went rather downhill in the 20th century, pre-1900 violins by Collin-Mézin Senior are very sought after, partly because they represent the best in Mirecourt workmanship, partly because they are always successful tonally. More details


Sebastian Dallinger Violin, Vienna 1802

£12,000

Sebastian Dallinger Violin, Vienna 1802This is a fine classical violin by Sebastian Dallinger, one of the leading Viennese makers of the late 18th/ early 19th century. Like most of the Viennese makers, Dallinger followed the Stainer model. This flaky dark red varnish is quite typical, but you also see a blackish varnish as with Thir and other Viennese makers. The condition is slightly tatty, hence the keen price More details


Charles J.B. Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1885

Recently sold

Charles J.B. Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1885Collin-Mézin is probably one of the best known names in the violin trade. Although the firm went rather downhill in the 20th century, pre-1900 violins by Collin-Mézin Senior are very sought after, partly because they represent the best in Mirecourt workmanship, partly because they are always successful tonally. More details


François Hippolyte Caussin, Neufchateau circa 1870

On trial, £16,500

François Hippolyte Caussin, Neufchateau circa 1870The Caussin family workshop in Neufchateau produced some of the more interesting violins of the later 19th century. Although only 20km from Mirecourt, Caussin models are very distinctive, and the various Caussin varnish styles are equally unmistakeable. Towards the end of the century, there was a big demand for student violins, and the Caussin shop style was heavily copied by JTL and other big firms. However, the violins made by François Caussin and his two sons are a world apart in refinement and tonal quality. More details


John Furber Violin, London circa 1830

£16,000

John Furber Violin, London circa 1830John Furber is widely regarded as the best craftsman of the Furber family – he was largely responsible for the majority of instruments emanating from the Betts shop, and is particularly admired for his copies of the Betts Stradivari. This classically proportioned violin is also made to a Stradivari pattern, the wood used is first rate, and the condition is very tidy. More details


Thomas Hardie Violin, Edinburgh 1848

£16,500

Thomas Hardie Violin, Edinburgh 1848When it comes to Scottish violins, there’s the Hardies (Matthew and his son Thomas), and then there’s everyone else ….! Thomas Hardie suffers in the literature from being the son of his father, but his work is more refined, and this del Gesu pattern perhaps represents the pinnacle of Scottish violin-making. There are some lovely details, for example the delicate fluting on the f-holes and the all-too-realistic del Gesu compass marks on the scroll. More details


Thomas Kennedy Violin, London 1831

£20,000

Thomas Kennedy ViolinAlthough Thomas Kennedy is regarded as one of the best English makers of the early 19th century, his work is quite variable, and better examples are often marred by excessive craquelure to the sludgy brown varnish that he often used. However, here we have an exceptional violin in all respects. The work is very refined with long elegant corners and pronounced rib corners, the scroll is very neat, f-holes perfectly cut, and the golden varnish gives a clarity to his work that’s often lacking. More details


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