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Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre Violin, Paris 1888

£10,000 On trial

Hippolyte Chrétien Silvestre ViolinHippolyte Chrétien Silvestre is one of those makers whose violins always sound terrific. This example has some significant repairs, and presents a rare opportunity to get an exceptional tone at a low price. More details

Frantisek Karel Kriz Viola, Prague 1924

£8,000 On trial

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

Hippolyte Silvestre Violin, Lyon 1862

£57,500 On trial

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

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

£8,000 On trial

Auguste Barbé Violin Bow for Gand & Bernardel, Paris circa 1890
Auguste Barbé is a highly respected maker who worked exclusively for Gand & Bernardel, and whose bows are regarded as equal to those of FN Voirin. Gand & Bernardel employed some of the great names in French bow-making (Joseph Henry and Pierre Simon perhaps the most famous), and their output was of the highest quality. This bow is typical of their later period, branded simply Gand & Bernardel rather than Gand & Bernardel Fres indicating a post-1885 date. The stick is of excellent orange-brown pernambuco, the frog is ebony with silver mounts. The head is exquisitely worked and vey artistic. More details

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