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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
    • Auguste Sébastien Philippe Bernardel (Bernardel Père): Fine violin No. 8, 1827 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler, Hamma & Co. Stuttgart)
    • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED Italian violin, Raffaele Calace e figlio 1929 - violinist's recommendation!
    • Rare English violin by John Crowther, Holburn, London, 1788
    • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED Georges Coné: Fine French violin no. 73. Lyon, 1937 - violinist's recommendation!
    • Contemporary Italian violin, Franco Albanelli workshop, 1997
    • Fine Hungarian Violin op. 13 by Alajos Werner, Budapest, 1910
    • 1930's French violin "Lutherie Artistique", Laberte
    • German 3/4 violin by Louis Dölling, Jr., Markneukirchen 1934
    • French 7/8 violin, approx. 1950, Laberte
    • Modern violin of quality, handmade 1980/1990
    • Interesting old Italian violin, mid 20th century
    • Mario Gadda: Italian violin, 1980, after Stefano Scarampella
    • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare)
    • Good French viola bow, probably Morizot workshop
    • Fine violin of the Thir circle / school, approx. 1750 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)
    • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED Josef Rieger, 1927: Old Mittenwald violin
    • Interesting old Master violin, approx. 1900 - violinist's recommendation!
    • Contemporary English violin, Elspeth Noble 1991 - Guarnerius model, Violinist's recommendation!
    • WORKED OVER AND OPTIMIZED 18th century violin, Franz Knitl, Freising, 1769
    • 3/4 - Neuner & Hornsteiner, 3/4 violin from Mittenwald
    • Recommendable German violin from Markneukirchen
    • K. Gerhard Penzel violin bow, silver, approx. 1960
    • SALE Contemporary Italian violin, Francesco Frassani, Cremona 2006 (certificate Frassani)
    • Cristiano Ferrazzi, Verona: Italian violin op. 120