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Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - top
Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - top
Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - back
Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - back
Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - ribs
Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - ribs
Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - scroll
Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin - scroll
Inventory No.: 3521
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Georg (II) Carl Klotz
Length of back: 35.4 cm
Year: approx. 1780

Georg II Carl Klotz: fine c1780 Mittenwald violin (certificate Hieronymus Köstler)

Georg Carl (II) Klotz (Georg Kloz), also known as Georg Kloz II, was indubitably one of the most productive and finest masters of his family, a dynasty of luthiers that shaped the art of violin making in 17th and 18th century Mittenwald like none other. This violin was made after the death of Georg’s grandfather, Mathias Klotz, who is considered the founding father of Mittenwald violin making. This fine stringed instrument is thus a dynamic and expressive item from the annals of southern German violin-making. As the eldest son of the great Sebastian Klotz, Georg Kloz was still strongly influenced by his father and teacher’s style, particularly in the early years of working in his own atelier. It is the work of a luthier who was brilliantly trained and highly talented, and its shows precision and great faithfulness to the unmistakable model developed by his father Sebastian and his uncle Georg I. Klotz. The purfling shows the greatest precision and care: the small baroque sound holes form a charming contrast to the large scroll. Made of premium evenly-grained spruce and subtly flamed maple, the magnificent appearance of this instrument is defined by the inimitable aesthetic of its original varnish, most of which has been restored. As is fitting for a heavily played instrument of such an advanced age, the violin shows multiple traces of use and evidence of a few repairs on the top, all of which were performed professionally and with the greatest attention to detail. This certified Mittenwald violin was worthy of such painstaking treatment not only because of its historic importance, but also due to its nuanced, sweet sound with a voice specific to older stringed instruments. This fine Klotz violin is offered with a certificate by Stuttgart expert Hieronymus Köstler that is included in the price.

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