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Violin certification | Certificates and appraisals


We offer a guarantee on every instrument in our catalogue.


Certificates and appraisals are an important cornerstone of the confidence you need when you select an old stringed instrument – and they are key for insuring your instrument appropriately. Reliable verification of your instrument's provenance is an issue that requires greater knowledge than can usually be provided by those who are only qualified as craftsmen.




Owner & Director:

Dr. Annette T. M. Roeben



Corilon violins has meticulously studied over 4,000 good and fine stringed instruments, violins, violas and cellos representing a wide variety of price categories, historic periods and regional provenance – a vast range of experience which guarantees solid violin certification and appraisals for all of the instruments in our catalogue. In addition, you can order a certificate of appraisal for every string instrument and bow we offer so you can have official confirmation of important information about the provenance, age, structural details and current value of your instrument. Depending on the prices of the instrument, the fee for issuing a certificate ranges from € 100 to € 200. The cost of each individual certificate is automatically displayed in the course of placing the order; as soon as you place the instrument in the shopping cart, you are given the additional option of ordering a certificate.

Furthermore, some of our especially valuable and rare masterpieces and each French violin bow of value already include certificates from renowned independent appraisers; amongst them are J. F. Raffin, the leading Paris-based expert for French bows; Stuttgart luthier and appraiser Hieronymus Köstler; and Cremonese master Eric Blot. If such certificates are already present, we will inform you about it in the extensive description found in our online catalogue; you will also have the opportunity to see the certificate online.

Our special areas of competence include German, French, English and Italian stringed instruments of good and superior quality, many of which come to us with inadequate documentation. In this regard, we offer semi-professional musicians and demanding amateurs greater security than is commonly available when it comes to being protected against fakes and replicas.

We do not offer a certificate service for instruments not being sold through our catalogue.

Browse our special online selections of old violin bows, the "Violins" section features our attractive selection of violins with audio sound samples.



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  • New arrivals in our catalogue
    • Justin Derazey workshop, French violin dated approx. 1880
    • SALE ntique violin from Saxony.  Approx. 1870
    • SALE Richly ornated antique Markneukirchen violin, approx. 1900
    • Jacques-Pierre Thibout: Fine French violin, Paris 1839
    • SALE W. E. Hill & Sons violin bow by Edgar Bishop, circa 1930
    • SALE H. Derazey workshop, fine 19th century French violin
    • Fine violin by Christian Olivier & Paul Bisch Paris 1927
    • Antique French 3/4 violin, J.T.L.
    • WORKED OVER AND IMPORVED French viola, Joseph Nicolas fils, 1849
    • Fine Mittenwald violin by Peter Hornsteiner, circa 1790 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
    • SALE Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), French violin, circa 1820
    • Nicolò Gagliano, 1762: Fine soloist violin (certificate J. & A. Beare)
    • Lovely old French violin by Laberte, Mirecourt
    • Italian violin, probably Mario Gadda, 20th century
    • Antique 19th century Mittenwald violin, approx. 1870
    • Warm, matured, resonant sounds: Old violin from Saxony
    • SALE French cello bow - Joseph Alfred Lamy père (certificate J.-F. Raffin)
    • Fine Swiss cello bow by Siegfried Finkel, Brienz
    • Fine Italian viola, Ado Zani, Cesena
    • French violin bow. Probably Ecole de Bazin, c.1910
    • Master violin by Erwin Georg Volkmann, 1975 - violinist's recommendation!
    • Contemporary English violin - Guarnerius model, Violinist's recommendation!
    • SALE Modern Italian violin by Loris Lanini, 1927
    • Outstanding antique German violin. "Conservatory violin", approx. 1920