Fine Antique Violins Over £20,000

This is our current selection of fine antique violins. If you are looking for something in particular please ask us – we are often able to help customers buy violins through our dealer contacts.

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Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1875

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Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1875Paul Bailly is definitely the most interesting maker to have come out of the Vuillaume shop, and this is the first of 3 violins of his which we will be offering. Bailly was a tireless experimenter – he also moved house a lot, working in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Reims, Leeds, and finally Paris again! Very few makers worked to so many different models, and yet his style is always distinctive, with a softness around the edges quite uncharacteristic of French making in this period, More details


Georges Chanot (II) Violin, London 1861

£25,000

Georges Chanot ViolinIs this a French violin or an English violin? Hard to say! It was made in London, but Chanot himself was French, and had come to London ten years earlier to work alongside fellow Frenchman Charles Maucotel. There was a huge influx of French makers on the London scene at this time, and the Chanot family in particular became a vital part of English violin making. More details


Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890

£25,000

Paul Bailly Violin, London 1890Paul Bailly is definitely the most interesting maker to have come out of the Vuillaume shop, and this is the second of three violins of his which we will be offering. Bailly was a tireless experimenter – he also moved house a lot, working in Paris, Brussels, London, New York, Reims, Leeds, and finally Paris again! More details


Silvio Vezio Paoletti Violin, Florence circa 1930

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Silvio Vezio Paoletti ViolinThis is a fine early 20th century Italian violin by Silvio Paoletti, one of a number of good makers who trained under Valentino de Zorzi. It has that quality of style which is so hard to capture in words, but which is the hallmark of the Italian violin. More details


Paul Blanchard Violin, Lyon 1894

£30,000

Paul Blanchard ViolinPaul Blanchard was an outstanding maker who worked for HC Silvestre before setting up his own workshop in Lyon. The violins he made pre-1900 are vey highly regarded, and the del Gesu models particularly so. This violin is a spectacular example in mint condition, with an outstanding concert sound. More details


Caspar Strnad Violin, Prague circa 1800

£30,000

Prague violinEveryone who deals in violins and bows has their little obsession, and mine is the Prague school, in particular the instruments made by Strnad and his apprentices and followers. And this particular violin is about as good as they get … More details


Charles Adolphe Maucotel Violin, Paris circa 1850

£32,000

Charles Adolphe Maucotel Violin“A Vuillaume by any other name would smell as sweet …”! Here we have a superb sounding violin by Vuillaume’s right hand man, Charles Adolphe Maucotel. It is in almost all respects indistinguishable from a Vuillame, and it has a superb concert sound. More details


Alberto Blanchi Violin, Nice 1904

£35,000

Alberto Blanchi ViolinAlberto Blanchi was perhaps the most refined maker of the Nice school. Although his name sounds Italian, his work is French through and through, coming from Pacherel, Bovis, and his father Auguste Blanchi. His work is very artistic, and this violin is a great example – Guarneri model, lustrous cherry-red varnish, a dramatic one piece back and a fantastic scroll. The condition is near-mint and the sound is bold yet delightful. More details


Gabriel Lemböck Violin, Vienna 1862

£35,000

Gabriel Lemböck Violin, Vienna 1862For me, Gabriel Lemböck is the stand-out maker of the Viennese school. Although his later instruments were rather commercial, his best work is outstanding, both in tone and in execution. For much of his working life he copied the Paganini “Cannone” which he had studied while working for Anton Fischer, and this violin is a beautifully stylised interpretation (though clearly Lemböck wasn’t prepared to embrace the brutality of del Gesu’s original scroll)! More details


Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre Violin, Paris 1892

£37,500

Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre ViolinThe Silvestre family are at the heart of French violin-making in the 19th century. Pierre Silvestre worked with Lupot and Gand, and subsequently trained most of the great Lyon makers. Hippolyte worked for Vuillaume before joining his brother in Lyon. Their nephew Hippolyte Chrétien brought all this vast experience together and produced beautiful instruments which are unrivalled both for sound and for quality of workmanship. More details


Joseph Hel Violin, Lille 1889

£38,500

Joseph Hel ViolinThis is a very fine del Gesu copy by one of the most interesting of late 19th century French makers, Joseph Hel. Generally Hel worked to a Stradivari pattern, and his Guarneri models are quite rare and much admired This example is in unusually fine condition with no cracks or damages, and the sound is world class. More details


Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Milan 1892

£42,500

Giuseppe Tarasconi ViolinYou can spot a Tarasconi from about a mile away – his violins are very characterful, with long outward-sweeping f-holes and big scroll eyes. This is a lovely example with a great sound. More details


Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844

£50,000

Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844The Silvestres were exceptional makers, and their success owes much to their training with Nicolas Lupot and JB Vuillaume. The two brothers worked together from 1829 until 1848, and this violin is a very fine example of their collaborative work. It’s in an exceptional state of preservation, free from repairs or damages, and with very little wear to the original varnish. More details


Pierre Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1852

£55,000

KEYWORDSPierre Silvestre is one of the greatest of French violin makers – he was direct successor to Lupot, and founder of the all-important Lyon school. I have a real soft spot for the Silvestres, but Pierre was the real talent! This violin is a rare Guarneri pattern, it’s in great condition if rather well-loved, and the sound is exceptional. More details


Giovanni &  Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

£55,000

Giovanni &  Giuseppe Dollenz ViolinFor a long time Giovanni Dollenz’s rare ability as a maker has been attributed to some connection with Storioni – such stories sell violins! Whatever his influences, he was a maker with a dashing and individual style. The violins in the 1850s were made in collaboration with his son Giuseppe, who is regarded as in every way the equal of his father. More details


Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1862

£57,500

Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1862Pierre and Hippolyte Silvestre were exceptional makers, and their success owes much to their training with Nicolas Lupot and JB Vuillaume respectively. The two brothers worked together from 1829 until 1848, and then worked independently – Hippolyte survived his brother by 20 years and produced the greater number of instruments, but both makers are accorded equal status within the trade. This Guarneri model violin is a superb example of Hippolyte’s later work, and it’s in great condition. More details


Constantino Celani Violin, Ascoli Piceno 1900

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Constantino Celani Violin, Ascoli Piceno 1900Constantino and Emidio or Emilio Celani (Il Turco) were brothers making a wide range of musical instruments in the Marche region of West Central Italy. Although their work is not particularly refined, they used excellent and successful models, and the materials are always good. This violin has a beautifully flamed back and scroll made from local maple, and a rich oil varnish over a golden ground. The purfling is hand made, the blacks being dyed hardwood rather than ebony. More details


Antonio Pedrinelli Violin, Crespano 1853

£100,000

Antonio Pedrinelli ViolinAntonio Pedrinelli is a central figure in the Marche school who has an enviable reputation amongst players for his quality of tone. This is a beautiful example of his work, Stradivari inspired but highly individual. It has a remarkable golden varnish and a sound to rival any of the great Italian masters. More details


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