Violins for sale

This is a list of all the violins currently for sale on the website, including our new handmade instruments, contemporary/ 20th century and antique violins.

A Nicolas Bertholini Violin, Laberte Workshops, Mirecourt circa 1920

£1,500

A Nicolas Bertholini Violin, Mirecourt circa 1920 Nicolas Bertholini was a trade name used by the Laberte Workshops around the turn of the century for one of their midrange models. While these violins were sold at the time as student instruments, it’s very noticeable that the Chinese workshops who are the modern day successors of Laberte and JTL seem incapable of producing anything with an equal refinement of tone. But maybe that’s just a matter of being a hundred years old! More details


A Mirecourt Violin, Rushworth & Dreaper “Apollo” c1910

Recently sold

A Mirecourt Violin, Rushworth & Dreaper “Apollo” c1910 This is a good Mirecourt violin imported by Rushworth & Dreaper and sold under their “Apollo” label. Rushworth & Dreaper were a large manufacturer of musical instruments based in Liverpool – around the turn of the century they imported good French and German violins, as well as selling instruments of their own manufacture under the “Ardeton” label. More details


MSV 102 Violin, Martin Swan Violins 2014

£1,700 (Standard Violin)

Cremonese pattern violinThis is one of a number of prototypes we made from Cremonese patterns when looking for a successful model with a short back length. This particular violin is 35.2cm but with a conventional stop length, and is designed with the smaller player in mind. Like all of our MSV violins, it’s made entirely with hand tools in Reghin, Transylvania, and is finished with an Italian Balsamic varnish. More details


MSV 108 Stradivarius Pattern Violin with Antique Finish, Martin Swan Violins 2014

£1,900

MSV 108 Stradivarius Pattern Violin with Antique Finish This is a good Stradivarius pattern violin made entirely with hand tools by one of our Hungarian makers in Reghin. The varnish is an “antiqued” finish which we have developed in collaboration with a specialist restorer in Budapest – we continue to refine this process and welcome any feedback. The sound is charming and refined, not the loudest violin we’ve produced but smooth and silky in character, unusually responsive, even with a light technique. More details


Czech violin by AJ Kreutzer, Brno 1927

£1,900

Violin by AJ Kreutzer, Brno 1927 This is a nice early 20th century Czech violin by and labeled AJ Kreutzer Brnensis. It’s built on a Stradivarius pattern, stylistically very close to good Markneukirchen work, very nicely finished and varnished. The condition is generally excellent – there’s some light marking to the varnish in parts of the table, but very little wear overall. It’s a splendid sounding instrument, big, muscular and zingy – there’s a strong core to the sound, and it responds well to an assertive technique. More details


Deggerman of Oban Violin, 1890

On trial, £2,500

Deggerman of Oban Violin, 1890 ML Deggerman was a prolific maker who seems to have moved from Wishaw to Oban in the late 1880s. This violin, number 117, is the work of a skilled professional maker with his own ideas – typical of the Scottish School. It’s a large violin on a Maggini pattern – a model, so successful for tone, which persisted amongst Scottish makers well after it had fallen out of fashion elsewhere. More details


MSV 101 Stradivarius Pattern Violin, Martin Swan Violins 2014

£2,700 (Artist Violin)

Stradivarius pattern violin with Italian oil varnish Of the last 5 violins we made, 4 have made the grade as Artist violins, and after a hundred instruments I feel we’re beginning to benefit from all the development work we’ve done in the past few years. This a Stradivarius pattern violin made entirely with hand tools by one of our Hungarian makers in Reghin, and varnished in our shop in Budapest. It has a beautiful one-piece back of narrowly flamed maple and a red/brown Italian oil varnish with some subtle antiqueing. More details


Johann Prüller Violin, Vienna 1907

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Johann Prüller Violin, Vienna 1907 This is a good violin by Viennese maker Johann Prüller, a student of Carl Zach but originally from Schönbach in Saxony. According to John Dilworth, Prüller is “noted for (his) supposed ability to make a complete violin in two days” – however, this particular violin is nicely finished, with clean edges, a neat scroll, and well cut f-holes. More details


A Mirecourt Violin, JTL Workshops c1890

£3,000

A Mirecourt Violin, JTL Workshops circa 1890This is a very nice early JTL (Jérome Thibouville-Lamy) violin from around 1890 – it has a Stradvarius 1721 label and a JTL brand visible through the treble f-hole. It’s a well-made instrument, very light in the hand, and the spruce used for the table is unusually good. More details


Laberte Fournier Violin, Mirecourt 1900

£3,000

Laberte Fournier Violin, Mirecourt 1900 This is a very early Laberte violin, labeled modèle d’après Fournier no.3, 1900. This violin appears in the Laberte 1912 catalogue, page 19, at a price of Ff125. While most Laberte instruments are typically crisp and modern-looking, this violin harks back to an earlier French tradition (most notably Lupot) with its rounded edges, dark antiqued varnish and subtle flat arching. It has a very attractive slab-cut one-piece back, the f-holes are delicately fluted, and the scroll is in a different league from most Mirecourt trade efforts. More details


Laberte Montagnana, Mirecourt Violin circa 1930 (undersized)

£3,000

Laberte “Montagnana”, Mirecourt circa 1930 The Laberte Workshops made a huge range of instruments – this “Montagnana” model was the most expensive of their “A la Ville de Cremone” series, costing a whopping 680 Francs in 1931 – look here at page 9, no.678. This instrument is in near perfect condition – thick orange oil varnish and stunning wood throughout. The sound is sweet, bright and smooth with a very easy response. Please note this is what used to be described as a ladies violin, slightly under standard 4/4 measurements. More details


A Violin by John Delany, Dublin circa 1800 (undersized)

£4,000

An Irish Violin by John Delany John Delany is one of a number of makers who worked for Perry in Dublin (and possibly James Perry in Kilkenny), but he also made and sold violins under his own brand. This is an unusually fine example, fully purfled, with long elegant corners, and with an astounding birds eye sycamore back. Otherwise the work is in every way typical – slightly small Amati model with rather high arching, quite plain wood to the ribs and the scroll, and a plain yellow varnish. More details


Violin by Amédée Dieudonné, Mirecourt 1948

£4,750

Violin by Amédée Dieudonné, Mirecourt 1948 This is a beautiful Amédée Dieudonné violin in mint condition dating from 1948, numbered 409B, signed by the maker on the back plate and the inside of the table. Dieudonné ran a small and very successful workshop in Mirecourt, producing various models of violin for the French market and more notably for Rudolf Wurlitzer in the USA. There’s a great biography of Dieudonné on Roland Terrier’s site. More details


Paul J-B Chipot Violin, Vendôme 1929

£5,000

Paul J-B Chipot Violin, Vendôme 1929 This is a super French violin by Paul J-B Chipot, one of a number of fine makers who escaped the Mirecourt workshops and set up on their own. Chipot was well regarded in his own day, and his instruments have stood the test of time. The work on this violin is superb, un-naturally crisp and flawless, with great wood and a rich orange-red oil varnish. The condition is excellent, with no cracks or damages and very little wear to the varnish. The violin has never been opened, and the gold-capped pegs are original. More details


John Marshall Violin, Aberdeen 1910

£5,000

John Marshall Violin, Aberdeen 1910 John Marshall is one of the most accomplished of Scottish makers – a great craftsman with a keen eye for good arching, and a producer of consistently excellent-sounding violins. This is a lovely example on a Stradivari model – the work is ultra-neat and seems quite inspired by the leading French makers of the time. The condition is very good – apart from a small repair to the left pegbox cheek there are no cracks or damages, and the superb original varnish is very well preserved. More details


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


Luigi Salsedo Violin, Italy/Scotland 1928

£5,500

Luigi Salsedo Violin, Italy/Scotland 1928 I have a special interest in Luigi Salsedo violins – although they are beautifully made and invariably sound excellent, there’s been little consensus about their origins. They were sold in the 1920s and 1930s by Jim Tait, a violin dealer and tonewood importer based in Melrose, Scotland. More details


Alois Bittner Violin, Prague 1930

£5,500

Violin by Alois Bittner, Prague 1930Alois Bittner is another superb but undervalued 20th century Czech maker – he spent most of his working life in Kladne, just outside Prague. Like Dvorak, Spidlen, Drozen and Herclik, his violins were heavily faked during his own lifetime by Markneukirchen makers, so Bittner resorted to extensive branding. This violin is branded twice on the outside and has multiple brands on the inside, but the work is patently first-class, with a superb lightly craquelled red oil varnish over a golden ground, perfect details and fine arching. 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


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 Mittenwald Violin, mid 18th Century

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An early Mittenwald ViolinThis is a good mid 18th century Mittenwald violin with an apocryphal Amati label. The head is not original, belonging definitively to the Vieux Paris School of the late 18th century. The violin has particularly good edgework, the corners and typically outward-sweeping c-bouts are very elegant, and the upwards flame of the back is spectacular. More details


John Marshall Violin after Alessandro Gagliano, Aberdeen 1912

£7,500

John Marshall Violin after Alessandro Gagliano, Aberdeen 1912 This particular instrument is featured in “The British Violin”, and I think it’s fair to describe it as the quintessential John Marshall violin. It’s a direct copy of an Alessandro Gagliano which Marshall is said to have restored, and it‘s a real showpiece. The wood is exceptional, the amber oil varnish is lustrous and refractive, the scroll is exquisite, and all aspects of the work are precise and well executed. It has been very well looked after throughout its life. More details


Antal Arzt Violin, Budapest 1966

£8,500

Budapest Violin 1966Antal Arzt, “The Doctor”, is one of a number of superb Budapest makers whose work is pretty much unknown outside Hungary. Arzt apprenticed with Istvan Havas, and worked for a time with Dezsö Bárány in the infamous “English Workshop”, producing fake Italian violins for the American market. This workshop produced violins of great beauty and with superb tone, which continue to fool experts to this day. More details


A Fine Bulgarian Violin, Franz Hristodorof, Sofia circa 1940

Recently sold

A Fine Romanian Violin, Fr. Hristodorof, circa 1930 This is a remarkable violin by Bulgarian maker Franz Hristodorov (1910-1988), branded on the inner back, the bassbar, and the table. I mistook it at first for a Hungarian instrument, perhaps by a follower of Pilat, but the linings travel over the blocks, the arching is broad and flat, the upper bouts are widened, and the sound is just too good! The condition is excellent – apart from a repaired wing crack there are no issues. The action has been raised by means of a neat fillet between the neck and the fingerboard. 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. The violin is in near-perfect condition, with no cracks or repairs, and very little wear to the varnish. More details


An Anglo-French Violin, Probably Langonet for WE Hill & Son c1890

£10,000

An Anglo-French Violin, Probably Langonet for WE Hill & Son circa 1890 This is an exceptional violin – the construction and the detail are overwhelmingly French, but the outline and the varnish point more to the Hill Workshops. 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


James Brown Violin, London circa 1800

£11,000

James Brown Violin, London circa 1800This is a charming English violin by James Brown – not James Brown the Godfather of Soul, but James Brown, London 1759-1834. According to John Dilworth, Brown apprenticed under Thomas Kennedy before setting up under his own name in Spitalfields. Like so many of the London makers, his output varied hugely in quality depending on who the customer was. This particular violin is beautiful, most likely a Gagliano copy, Italianate in proportions and in execution. More details


A French Violin by Augustin Chappuy circa 1770

£12,000

A French Violin by Augustin Chappuy circa 1770 Augustin Chappuy was one of the principal makers of the “Vieux Paris” school – he produced a huge number of violins under his own label, and also made instruments for other makers. His brand persisted for decades after his death, and early 19th century “Chappuy” copies abound. However, this is a very typical example of his own work, certified as such by JJ Rampal. More details


Caspar Strnad/Emanuel Adam Homolka Baroque Violin, Prague 1820

£12,000

Caspar Strnad Violin, Prague 1820 This is a fine and interesting Baroque violin made by EA Homolka while he was working for Caspar Strnad, perhaps the best known maker of the Prague school. This is a very flat model with beautifully drawn-out corners – a similar example is illustrated in “Umeni Houslaru”. It’s extraordinary that Homolka was free to introduce so much innovation in a violin bearing a Strnad label – Strnad himself died in 1823, so perhaps by 1820 Homolka had free rein in the workshop. More details


A Fine English Violin, London circa 1780

£12,500

A Fine English Violin, London circa 1780 This is a super English violin, probably made by John Betts while working in the Duke shop. It’s unusually beautiful in conception – made on an Amati pattern. It has a very fine and ornate scroll, lovely Amatise f-holes, and fluid, well-executed arching. 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


Joseph Anthony Chanot Violin, London 1910

£17,500

Joseph Anthony Chanot Violin, London 1910Joseph Chanot probably had little choice but to become a violin-maker – his brothers, father, uncles, grandfather and great-grandfather all made violins. Although the family originated in France (Georges Chanot II is a particularly highly-regarded French maker), a part of the family moved to England in the 1850s, and Joseph A Chanot is an English maker through and through. More details


Karel Boromejsky Dvorak Violin, Prague circa 1890

£18,500

Karel Boromejsky Dvorak Violin, Prague circa 1890Karel B. Dvorak worked for HC Silvestre and for Gand & Bernardel in Paris before returning to Prague, and many of his instruments show a strong French influence. However, this violin seems more Italian in conception, and would bear comparison with a Pressenda. It’s an outstanding piece of work, lightly built but strong with very flat arching, featuring some excellent wood, crisply carved and exuding class. The varnish is rich and intense with a hint of craquelure. More details


François Gaviniès Violin, Paris circa 1760

£22,000

François Gaviniès Violin, Paris circa 1760 This is a particularly good violin by François Gaviniès, one of the leading figures of the Vieux Paris School. It bears his original brand below the button, with the characteristic backwards N – the f-holes are also very typical, with upper and lower tongues curling round ornately. More details


Politi School Violin, circa 1920

Available soon, £25,000

Certificate, Dmitry Gindin, London


Hungarian Violin by Bela Szepessy, London 1898

£25,000

A Fine Hungarian Violin by Bela Szepessy, London 1898Although Szepessy spent most of his working life in London, his violin-making remained entirely in the Hungarian tradition. Szepessy apprenticed with Samuel Nemessanyi and Thomas Zach – in this particular violin you could say that the sublime workmanship derives from Nemessanyi, the spectacular varnish from Zach. Szepessy made great violins, but this one is a gem – in near perfect condition, it’s a Strad model made with the finest wood, numbered 123. More details


Silvio Vezio Paoletti Violin, Florence circa 1930

£27,500

Silvio Vezio Paoletti Violin, Florence circa 1930 This is a fine early 20th century Italian violin by Silvio Paoletti, one of a number of good makers who trained under Valentino de Zorzi. The instrument bears multiple brands – on the button and the bottom rib externally, and on the inner back, the bassbar and the top block internally. It’s a very artistically made violin – the raised edgework is beautiful, the scroll and f-holes are finely cut, and the deep red varnish is rich and nicely craquelled. 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


Giulio Degani Violin, Venice 1896

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Certificate J&A Beare London


Cornelis Kleynman Violin, Amsterdam circa 1660

£50,000

Cornelis Kleynman Violin, Amsterdam circa 1660The makers of the early Dutch school produced some phenomenal violins whose sound quality has stood the test of time better than many of the Amati instruments they were copying. This particular violin is without doubt one of the best sounding instruments I’ve ever played, as well as being one of the oldest … More details


Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844

£50,000

Pierre & Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1844
The 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


Carlo Ferdinando Landolfi Violin, Milan circa 1760

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Certificate Florian Leonhard, London


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