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German violin after Guarneri, late 19th century
This violin from the traditional German violin making region in Saxony was built in the 1880s after the classical model of Joseph Guarnerius del Gesù. The instrument features medium high archings and presents a finely inlaid purfling and characteristical ff-holes that were cut after the famous Italian pattern as evidence of premium craftsmanship. The unknown luthier chose quality tonewoods for this piece, interestingly grained spruce for the top and strongly flamed maple for the two-piece back. The varnish was tastefully designed and bears some expressive traces of use as they are common for an antique instrument of such a high age, and they indicate that its former owners obviously loved to play this violin. It is preserved in undamaged, excellent condition and was worked over thoroughly in our atelier, so it is offered ready to express the typical sound of the Guarneri model, a strong and mature voice, that features good resonance and clarity especially in the lower ranges.
Length of back: 35.3 cm
Year: approx. 1880
Tone: Clear, mature, resonant, strong