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Other families of Klingenthal violin makers

Klingenthaler violin makers: Dörffel, Glass, Meisel and other important families of violin makers


The tradition of the large Hopf family has become synonymous with the art of violin making in Klingenthal, but from the very beginning the town's history was also honoured and carried forward by other significant dynasties of violin makers as well. This page briefly presents three other families, while other points of reference can be found in the PDF file of our overview (which is certainly not complete) of Klingenthal violin makers (approx. 140 KB).


Dörffel
The Dörffel family was among the Bohemian immigrants who established Klingenthal violin making. Whereas Caspar Hopf was assumed to be the first violin making master in his family, at least two other Dörffel relatives – Johann Georg (the first) and Michael – pursued their art in Graslitz (Kraslice, Czech Republic). Johann Andreas Dörffel, who was active in the first half of the 18th century, is ranked among the finest violin makers in Klingenthal. His instruments can be found in numerous collections.

Glass
Documents confirm that the Glass family of violin makers lived in Klingenthal from the 18th century onward. Their instruments earned a solid reputation which at times even approached the ranks of the legendary Hopf violins. Many members of the family worked outside Klingenthal and became ambassadors of the art of Vogtland violin making, on an international level as well. In the late 18th century, Christian Friedrich Glass began making bows in Klingenthal.

Meisel
In some regards, the Meisels, the great family of instrument makers, represented the process of Klingenthal violin making opening to new influences. Starting in the late 18th century, important members of the family broke with the distinctively Vogtland-based Hopf tradition and began to imitate Italian models. These craftsmen included Amand Meisel (1828-1893), who became an internationally renowned master and settled in Silesia in the mid-19th century. Johann Christian Friedrich Meisel (d. 1803) first produced strings in Klingenthal.

Next chapter: The end of violin making in Klingenthal

Markneukirchen: violin making in “German Cremona”

Klingenthal: the origin of violin making

Crossing borders: on the history of violin making in western Bohemia

 

H. R. Pfretzschner

Hopf: a dynasty of Vogtland violin makers

Ernst Heinrich Roth: a rediscovered master

The bow makers of Markneukirchen

Noteworthy families of Markneukirchen violin makers

 

 
In Corilon's old violin shop you can find selected masterpieces of the art of making violins and violin bows from Saxony and other regions.



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New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • 3/4 - outstanding Stradivarius copy, approx. 1900
  • French violin, approx. 1880, probably Jerome Thibouville-Lamy
  • Charles Nicolas Bazin, fine French violin bow for E. Henry a Paris
  • Contemporary Italian master violin by Nicola Vendrame
  • French violin, J.T.L. Médio-Fino
  • Robert Barth, Stuttgart: attractive viola
  • Cello with an exquisite sound, Mittenwald, dated approximately 1850
  • German-Bohemian violin, patterend after Aegidius Klotz, approx. 1900
  • Southern German violin, approx. 1850
  • 3/4 - German 3/4 violin, August Clemens Glier
  • 1/2 - rare Mittenwald violin, Neuner & Hornsteiner
  • Italian violin, 1970, Benvenuto Botturi (certificate B. Botturi)
  • Fine violin, probably American
  • English violin with an Italian sound
  • Italian violin, late 19th century
  • Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), violin, approx. 1835 (certificate W.E. Hill & Sons)
  • English cello, mid 20th century
  • Old German Cello, Saxony, approx. 1900
  • French violin bow by Louis Joseph Morizot, known as Morizot père
  • Fine English violin bow by W. E. Hill & Sons
  • "Excelsior" Violin from Dresden, 1889
  • Southern German violin from the Widhalm atelier or -school
  • Italian violin, Aristide Cavalli, Cremona
  • 3/4 - old violin, rare Maggini model