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Last updated 25th July 2018

Charles JB Collin-Mézin Violin, Paris 1884


Charles JB Collin-Mézin ViolinLike a Hill bow, an early Collin-Mézin is an utterly reliable commodity. Everybody likes them – professional players, amateurs, students, teachers, and violin shop owners. This example is one of the nicest I’ve seen, with a beautifully warm and rich tone that would cofound anyone’s prejudices about “the French sound”. More details

Roze Viola, Orléans 1758


Roze Viola, Orléans 1758Roze is such an obscure maker that he doesn’t even feature in the Cozio archive, yet he was clearly able to produce very sophisticated sounding instruments such as this lovely viola. More details

Chardon & Chardon Small Viola, Paris circa 1915


Chardon & Chardon Small ViolaJoseph Chardon was the son in law of Geroges Chanot, also his apprentice and his successor. Born in 1843 he lived a long life, and was assisted in the family business by his son Georges Chardon. This viola was made around 1915-1920, and it still owes a lot stylistically to the wonderful instruments of Georges Chanot. More details

Jean-François Aldric Violin, Paris 1835

£52,500 On trial

Jean-François Aldric ViolinJean-François Aldric is one of the great names in French making, of the same generation as Lupot and Pique. In his later years he made superb Stradivari copies modelled on originals which he obtained from Luigi Tarisio, and our violin is one of these – a very faithful Strad copy displaying exquisite workmanship, with a real concert sound. More details

František Karel Križ Violin, Prague 1930


František Karel Križ ViolinFrantišek Križ was one of the most talented Czech makers of the early 20th century, with a rare gift for sound. This del Gesu inspired violin is a great example of his work in near perfect condition. More details

Sebastian Klotz Workshop Violin, Mittenwald circa 1745


Sebastian Klotz Workshop ViolinThis is an unusually fine Mittenwald violin, probably by Sebastian Klotz, dating from around 1745-1750. It’s in outstanding condition and the sound is fresh and brilliant. More details

Michael Albani Violin, Bolzano circa 1720


Michael Albani ViolinThe Albani family played a huge role in the development of violin-making, and yet their instruments are rarely seen. This violin is a very interesting example, following very closely on the work of Matthias but made by his son Michael. Always more successful tonally than Stainer (the other Tyrolean), this violin is no exception. More details

Angelo Soliani Violin, Modena circa 1800


Angelo Soliani ViolinAngelo Soliani violins are quite rare, and they are highly prized for their quality of tone. He seems to have been heavily influenced by Guadagnini, and the arching and varnish are very similar. This example is far from pristine, but it’s a great sounding instrument in good restored condition. More details

WE Hill & Son Violin Bow, London circa 1910


WE Hill & Son Violin Bow
This is a superb tortoiseshell mounted Hill bow from the early 20th century in exceptional condition, and one of the best players we have come across. More details

WE Hill & Son Viola Bow, London circa 1920


WE Hill & Son Viola Bow
This is a top of the range Hill viola bow in gold and ivory dating from 1937 – it’s in great condition and it plays beautifully. More details

Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow, Paris circa 1825


Etienne Pajeot Violin Bow
Etienne Pajeot just keeps going up in my estimation – his bows are very hard to beat tonally, and he was a real innovator. This is a great early example with wood to wood mounts in excellent condition, and the sound is magical. More details

Roger Gérome Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1950


Roger Gérome Violin Bow
Roger Gérome was primarily a dealer in accessories and tonewood, but he developed a very successful relationship with various Mirecourt bow-makers and sold their bows under his own stamp or “Gérome-Devoivre”. This is a lovely example with fine detailing and excellent wood. More details

Giovanni Schwarz Small Viola, Venice 1913

£25,000 On trial

Giovanni Schwarz Small ViolaGiovanni Schwarz was the nephew and apprentice of Eugenio Degani. This instrument bears an authentic Degani label, but it’s signed by Schwarz. Is it a Degani or a Schwarz? Quite a tricky conundrum, but either way a very fine Venetian small viola with an outstanding sound. More details

Small Viola probably by Francesco Maurizi , Appignano circa 1840


Probably Francesco Maurizi Small ViolaFrancesco Maurizi is a relatively obscure maker from the Marche region of central Italy. His violins are much admired for their quality of sound, though the construction can be quite hurried. This viola is a great example, with an unusually deep and noble sound for its size. More details

Paul Bailly Violin, Paris circa 1880


Paul Bailly Violin
Paul Bailly is definitely the most interesting maker to have come out of the Vuillaume shop, and we always like to have a couple of his violins in our stock. This is a very pretty small pattern violin (LOB 35.1cm) dating from his first Paris sojourn. More details

Jean Pierre Marie Persoit Violin Bow, Paris circa 1830

£85,000 On trial

Jean Pierre Marie Persoit Violin Bow
Jean Persoit is one of the most hallowed names in bow-making, and the reputation of his bows amongst soloists is only exceeded by FX Tourte. Here we have a fantastic composite bow, all parts by Persoit, the stick very close to Tourte in design. It also has a certificate by the world’s leading Persoit authority, Paul Childs More details

JB Havelka Violin, Linz 1768

£12,000 On trial

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

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