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Domingos F Capela Violin, Espinho (Portugal) 1967

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Nicolas Mathieu Violin, Mirecourt circa 1800

£9,000

Nicolas Mathieu ViolinA fine early Mirecourt violin in mint condition and with an excellent sound More details


Alfred Vincent Violin, London 1924

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Gustav Methfessel Violin, Bern circa 1905

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Mathias Heinicke, Wildstein bei Eger 1931

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This is a tremendous violin by the Hungarian-born maker Mathias Heinicke. Heinicke always claimed to have trained under Eugenio Degani, though this hasn’t been verified as far as I know. But whatever the truth of it, his violins show an unusual refinement and individuality, and are generally very successful tonally. More details


Thomas Perry Violin, Dublin circa 1780

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Politi Workshop Violin, Rome circa 1910

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Michael Dötsch Violin, Berlin 1928

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Betts Workshop Violin, London circa 1820

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A Prague Violin circa 1830

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A Viennese Violin, Circle of Geissenhof circa 1820

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François Hippolyte Caussin, Neufchateau circa 1870

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Small ¾ Mirecourt Stradivarius Pattern Violin circa 1900

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Georges Chanot (II) Violin, London 1861

£32,500

Georges Chanot ViolinThe Chanot family have been hugely influential in the history of violin-making, both in France and in England. Georges Chanot II was sent to England by his father in order to stop him misbehaving in Paris – it definitely worked, and he became a consummate and very successful maker. More details


Mario Gadda Violin, Mantua 1979

£22,500

Mario Gadda Violin, MantuaMario Gadda is one of the best-known names in modern Italian violin-making, and this violin is a great sounding example of his own model in excellent condition. More details


Paul Blanchard Violin, Lyon 1894

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Length of back 35.7cm, stop 129/196mm

Certificate: Vatelot-Rampal, Paris 2017


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.
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Alberto Blanchi Violin, Nice 1904

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Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1862

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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


Bisiach Workshop Violin, Milan circa 1930

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Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK

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Gustav Prager Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

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Jacques Poullot Violin Bow, Dijon 2015

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Gustav Prager Violin Bow, Schönlind circa 1930

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Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1960

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Gotthard Schuster Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1970

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Charles Claude Husson Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880 (restored)

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HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1935

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HR Pfretzschner Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1920

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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow, London circa 1930 (Frank Napier)

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Richard Grünke Violin Bow, Bubenreuth circa 1965

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Eugène Sartory Violin Bow, Paris circa 1930

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WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1935

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Jean-Jacques Millant Violin Bow, Paris circa 1970

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Louis Morizot Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

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Louis Bazin Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

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Bernard Ouchard Violin Bow, Geneva circa 1960

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Wilhelm Knopf Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890

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Auguste Barbé Violin Bow for Gand & Bernardel, Paris circa 1890

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Emile François Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1925

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Karl Moritz Knopf Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1860

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Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

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Carl Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Berlin circa 1870

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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1890

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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

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JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900

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JA Vigneron (Père) Violin Bow, Paris circa 1900
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EA Ouchard Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1935

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Nicolas Maline Violin Bow, Paris circa 1865

£18,000

Nicolas Maline violin bow
Nicolas Maline, also known confusingly as Guillaume Maline, is quite a maverick figure from the Golden period of French bow-making. Even his dates are disputed, as is the question of whether or not he worked for Vuillaume. However, his work is unique and distinctive, and of the highest quality. More details


Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow, Paris circa 1850

£65,000

Dominique Peccatte Violin Bow
A superb Dominique Peccatte violin bow in fine pernambuco, mounts of silver and ebony. Some minor restoration and a replacement button – a fantastic example at a great price. More details


Robert Max Paschy Violin, Königsberg, Bohemia 1925

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Georg Kloz Violin, Mittenwald 1772

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Betts Workshop Viola, London circa 1790

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MSV 117 Small Viola, Martin Swan Violins 2014

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WE Hill & Sons Viola Bow, London circa 1930 (Albert Leeson)

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MSV130 Stradivarius Pattern Violin, Martin Swan Violins 2016

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

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

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Alecio Reis Violin Bow, Brazil/UK

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Michael J Taylor Violin Bow for Ealing Strings, London circa 1989

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Heinrich Knopf Violin Bow, Dresden circa 1865

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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1910

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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1860 (mounts not original)

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Sympertus Niggell Cello, Füssen c1760

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William ‘Royal’ Forster Small Viola, London 1792

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

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JB Havelka Violin, Linz 1768

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Havelka ViolinJan Baptist Havelka and his brother Simon Joannes Havelka (or Havelar) worked in Linz, Austria in the latter part of the 18th century. Their work is very fine, entirely in the Prague/Vienna tradition but somehow more refined and artistic than for example Thir or even Strnad at this time. This violin has some restoration but the sound is superb. More details


Giuseppe Tarasconi Violin, Milan circa 1900

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

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François Louis Pique Violin, Paris 1804
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Emil Max Penzel Viola Bow, Erlbach circa 1960

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Martin Swan, International Violin Dealer

Martin Swan, International Violin Dealer


Tubbs violin bow, London, circa 1910

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A Mittenwald Violin, circa 1830

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New Violin Bows by A. Reis

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Jack Horsfall Violin Bow, 1975

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Penzel Violin Bow, Erlbach circa 1970

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Kurt Dölling Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1960

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Otto Hoyer Pariser Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930

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Albert Nürnberger Violin Bow, circa 1930

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WE Hill & Sons Violin Bow circa 1920

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Dezsö Bárány Violin, Budapest 1936

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MSV 118 Stradivarius Pattern Viola 40.8cm, Martin Swan Violins

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Left-Handed Violin MSV90 2013, Martin Swan Violins

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A Violin, circa 1930

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Charles J.B. Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1893

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Charles J.B. Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1892

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Richard Weichold Violin Bow, Dresden circa 1900

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Gustav Prager Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1930

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Louis Morizot Workshop Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1930

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A Hart & Son Cello Bow, circa 1910

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Johannes Paulus Viola Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1980

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Reversed Violin (left-handed), MSV 89, Martin Swan Violins

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Mittenwald Violin, circa 1780

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Cornelis Kleynman Violin, Amsterdam circa 1660

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Cornelis Kleynman Violin, Amsterdam circa 1660
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A Nicolas Bertholini Violin, Laberte Workshops, Mirecourt circa 1920

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Half Size Violin, JTL “El Maestro” circa 1930

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¾ Breton Brevete Mirecourt circa 1880

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Laberte Fournier Violin, Mirecourt 1900

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Laberte Montagnana, Mirecourt Violin circa 1930 (undersized)

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Antal Arzt Violin, Budapest 1966

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Joseph Anthony Chanot Violin, London 1910

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