Giuseppe Castagnino Violin, Chiavari 1927

Giuseppe Castagnino Violin, Chiavari 1927

This is a very good modern Italian violin by Giuseppe Castagnino, a Ligurian maker who apprenticed briefly with Giuseppe Fiorini. It’s a beautiful sounding instrument, rich and coloured with excellent projection.
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Ferrucio Varagnolo Violin, Milan 1911

Ferrucio Varagnolo Violin, Milan 1911

An exceptional Italian violin by one of the most talented makers of the Bisiach shop, Ferrucio Varagnolo – very attractive, a great size, and a beautifully balanced sound. This violin is featured in Dmitry Gindin’s recent book “The Modern Italian Violin Makers”.
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Giuseppe Guadagnini Viola, Pavia 1802

Giuseppe Guadagnini Viola, Pavia 1802

This is a very fine and rare viola by Giuseppe Guadagnini, the son of GB Guadagnini also known as “Il Soldato” – it’s a very attractive later example made in the style of the father.
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Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1910

Claude Thomassin is a maker whose star is continuing to rise, and here we have an exceptional gold-mounted bow, made for Léon Bernardel around 1910. It’s a very sophisticated and elegant bow with a brilliant sound.
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Nicolas Maline violin bow, Mirecourt circa 1850

Nicolas Maline Violin Bow, Mirecourt circa 1850

This is a beautifully preserved bow from the hand of Nicolas Maline, one of the better makers from the golden period of French making. It’s a strong but supple stick which draws a majestic tone.
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James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1870

James Tubbs Violin Bow, London circa 1865

This is a fine early example of the work of James Tubbs. The model is the one he used while making bows for WE Hill. The head is more refined than in his later work, the frog with a wide throat and delicate pearl eye, and a very characteristic “goldfish” mother of pearl throughout.
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FN Voirin cello bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Cello Bow, Paris circa 1880

François Nicolas Voirin is the most highly regarded maker of the late 19th century – his work is particularly admired for its precision and beauty. This cello bow dates from his first period as an independent maker – it’s in excellent condition and it’s a good weight for a Voirin.
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Auguste Lenoble Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

Auguste Lenoble Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

This is a rare example of the work of Auguste Lenoble, one of the most undervalued of 19th century French makers. It’s in near-mint condition with original lapping, though with a later button.
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Samuel Allen Cello Bow, London circa 1890

Samuel Allen Cello Bow, London circa 1890

This is an outstanding early Hill cello bow made by Samuel Allen. Gold and ebony mounted and in pristine condition, this is one of the most beautiful Hill bows in existence.
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Hammig Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890

W. H. Hammig Violin Bow, Markneukirchen circa 1890

This very fine gold-mounted bow was made for Wilhem Hammig of Leipzig, most likely by Franz Albert Nürnberger between 1890 and 1900. It’s a very elegant bow made with the finest pernambuco – the condition is excellent and it plays beautifully.
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Heinrich TH Heberlein Violin, Markneukirchen 1927

Heinrich TH Heberlein Violin, Markneukirchen 1927

A beautifully preserved example of the work of Heinrich Th. Heberlein from 1927, this is Markneukirchen violin-making at its best. The violin is illustrated in Bruce Babbitt’s book “Markneukirchen Violins And Bows”.
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