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Master violin, Bavaria approx. 1800 - table
Master violin, Bavaria approx. 1800 - table
Master violin, c1800 Bavaria approx. 1800 - back
Master violin, c1800 Bavaria approx. 1800 - back
Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler) - ribs
Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler) - ribs
Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler) - scroll
Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler) - scroll
Inventory No.: 3281
Provenance: Bavaria
Maker: Unknown master
Length of back: 35.6 cm
Year: approx. 1800

Bavarian master violin, approx. 1800 (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)

With its stupendous mature sound and its exceptional appearance of singular beauty, this southern German master violin from around 1800 ranks amongst violin-making history’s inspiring enigmas. At a glance the violin shows that its maker, whose name is not known, was remarkable in his well-honed aesthetic sensitivity, formidable talent as a craftsman, and extensive experience. The exceptionally magnificent bird’s-eye maple used for the one-piece back and the premium evenly-grained spruce of the two-piece top are excellent sound woods whose quality has been tastefully accentuated by a radiant golden-brown varnish. A light patina creates the instrument’s appealing historic impression. This unique model has strikingly rounded upper bouts and distinctive corners, which could be the manifestation of a regional violin-making tradition, although these features may also be attributable to the stylistic originality of the unknown master luthier. If nothing else, however, the large and expressively carved scroll with its conspicuously high head can be interpreted as a clear sign that this instrument is of Bavarian origin. The experts at our atelier have carefully set up the violin with with the great care that is due an instrument which is this historically and musically valuable, and we now offer it in top condition and ready to play. It has been maintained in unusually good condition, and a minor repair was made to the top at the left upper bout. The violin’s distinctive, warm, complex, mature sound has an immediate response, making it a convincing choice for sophisticated musicians. Its presumed provenance and the artisanal significance of this master instrument have been certified by the renowned Stuttgart-based expert Hieronymus Köstler, his certificate is included in the price.

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