Search:
corilon violins

Search

Instrument finder

What kind of sound are you
looking for?
You can select one or more search fields and combine them however you like.

Instruments
Provenance
Year
Tone

Archive

More detailed information about stringed instruments and the history of violin making.


American violin, Marinus Petersen, Chicago 1916
American violin, Marinus Petersen, Chicago 1916
American violin maker, Marinus Petersen, Chicago 1916
American violin maker, Marinus Petersen, Chicago 1916
American violin, violin maker Marinus Petersen
American violin, violin maker Marinus Petersen
Marinus Petersen Chicago
Marinus Petersen Chicago
Provenance: Chicago
Maker: Marinus Petersen
Length of back: 35.8 cm
Year: 1916
Tone: warm, large, sweet
Archive

American violin, Marinus Petersen, Chicago 1916

Crafted in 1916, this interesting American violin is an instrument with a cosmopolitan and self-confident character. It was patterned after a Stradivari model with broad contours. It bears an original label by Marinus Petersen, a luthier in Chicago, who is thought to have immigrated from Denmark or come from a family of Danish immigrants. Nothing is known about his training and his career in the third-largest city in the United States, a place which was undergoing changes at a dramatic pace during this time. And this is a regrettable gap in violin making history, especially since this instrument beautifully demonstrates certain features particular to American violin making. Marinus Petersen selected a charmingly flamed piece of maple for the two-piece back and moderately grained spruce from the top, both premium-quality North American tone woods, and enhanced their superb aesthetic with a golden-brown varnish. The stylish broad purfling and the carefully executed lines of the table reflect an outstanding, solid artisanry and extensive experience. Marinus Petersen can hold his own when compared to the great figures of modern American violin making, such as the Gemünder brothers, who defined the standards of their guild in the “new world” a generation earlier. This American violin communicates those standards, not least because of its powerful large voice which also has a warm and sweet character. It opens a rich range of musical interpretations, and the minimal repair performed on the top at the left sound hole has no effect whatsoever on the sound. We specially recommend this instrument, which the luthiers at our workshop have set up and made ready to play.

Share it, make it social


New arrivals in our catalogue
  • Antique Mittenwald violin, Neuner & Hornsteiner, approx. 1900
  • 19th century Mittenwald violin, made approx. 1880
  • Old German violin. Made in Markneukirchen/Saxony, classical model, approx. 1920
  • Modern Italian violin of the Pollastri-school: Bruno Piastri, 1993
  • Old, c.1920 German violin from Markneukirchen - warm, bright sound
  • Antique, silver mounted viola bow. Fine German work, c.1910
  • Markneukirchen violin bow. Made approx. 1940, strong, warm, tone
  • Fine French violin No 283 by Gustave Villaume, Nancy 1931
  • Fine soloist violin by Nicolò Gagliano, 1762 (certificate J. & A. Beare)
  • German violin from Mittenwald, Guarnerius model, 1930'ies
  • Fine violin bow. Silver mounted master violin bow, 1920's
  • French violin bow. Marc Laberte, silver mounted
  • Fine cello bow. Joseph Alfred Lamy père, Paris
  • Fine French 3/4 cello bow by Louis Bazin
  • Modern Italian viola, Stefano Conia, Cremona 1985 (certificate Stefano Conia)
  • Master viola No. 19, Klaus Schlegel. Erlbach / Markneukirchen 1988
  • Contemporary Italian violin of the Otello Bignami school: Gianni Norcia, Bologna
  • Fine quality Markneukirchen violin bow. Knopf workshop, c.1880
  • Modern Italian violin. Giorgio Grisales, Cremona, 1993 (certificate Giorgio Grisales)
  • 3/4 - Fine French 3/4 violin, approx. 1910
  • Ernst Heinrich Roth concert violin, Bubenreuth, 1965
  • SALE / Master violin from Bubenreuth. Violin maker Bernd Dimbarth No. 64
  • Modern violin by Beare & Son. Beijing 1995
  • German Violin by Braun & Hauser München. Approximately 1900