Paul Blanchard Violin, Lyon circa 1910

Paul Blanchard Violin, Lyon circa 1910

This is a very fine del Gesu copy by Paul Blanchard from around 1910. It’s in mint condition and the sound is first class – a highly collectable example of this maker’s best work.
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Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

Joseph Henry Violin Bow, Paris circa 1855

This is a very fine Joseph Henry in excellent condition. I have a particular soft spot for Henry, and this bow doesn’t disappoint in looks or in playability. It’s a top level bow for a serious professional.
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A Fine Anonymous Violin, mid 19th Century

A Fine Anonymous Violin, mid 19th Century

This is a violin which has so far resisted all attempts at identification. Made in the copy style, most likely by the Dollenz family in Trieste, it’s an outstanding concert instrument with a rich, complex, bright voice.
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Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Violin, Mirecourt 1905

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy Violin, Mirecourt 1905

Jerome Thibouville-Lamy, or JTL, is one of the best-known names in the violin trade. The JTL mega-workshops in the Vosges produced hundreds of thousands of violins from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century. Mostly these were student violins which have remained popular on account of their excellent sound. But they also produced beautiful handmade “violons de maitre”, most likely the work of Alfred Acoulon – these were signed and numbered, and sold at the time for 10 times the price of their ever-popular Barnabetti-labelled instruments.
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Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

Giovanni & Giuseppe Dollenz Violin, Trieste circa 1855

For a long time Giovanni Dollenz’s rare ability as a maker has been attributed to some connection with Storioni – such stories sell violins! Whatever his influences, he was a maker with a dashing and individual style. The violins in the 1850s were made in collaboration with his son Giuseppe, who is regarded as in every way the equal of his father.
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FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

FN Voirin Violin Bow, Paris circa 1880

Voirin is one of the big names, unrivalled for the beauty and exactness of his work. Here we have an unusually well preserved example of this great maker’s work – it’s also a terrific player with ideal weight and balance.
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