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Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - top
Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - top
Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - back
Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - back
Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - ribs
Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - ribs
Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - scroll
Fine old Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's - scroll
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Anton Ostler
Length of back: 35.8 cm
Year: 1931
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Fine Mittenwald violin by Anton Ostler, 1930's

This fine violin from Mittenwald is a rare work by luthier Anton Ostler, who was an exceptional historic talent in southern German violin making history. At the age of 13, he began his studies at the famous instrument making school in his hometown, thus striking out on a path which was ideal for him in light of the extraordinary musical and artisanal talents which he had demonstrated even as a small child. He pursued further training in Munich, Nancy and Saarbrücken, and later he served in WWI before he was able to return to Mittenwald and establish himself as an independent master. Ostler quickly achieved a position of high esteem amongst musicians and experts; the fact that he was unable to attain greater success is attributed, especially in historic literature, to his lack of business acumen. Consequently, the few existing Ostler instruments are considered true rarities of impressive quality. Even the unusually strong traces of use on this violin do not detract from the attractive charm of the luminous orange-red and subtly glossy oil varnish, which is one of the hallmarks of Anton Ostler's personal style. The expressive and flawless carving of the scroll reflects the full talent and extensive experience of the mature craftsman; at the time this violin was produced, in the 1930s, he was approximately in the middle of his most productive phase. The purfling and sound holes are exemplary of his precise and detail-oriented work. The wild flaming seen in the upper part of the one-piece maple back is reminiscent of the brilliant selection of wood favoured by many Italian luthiers who want to flaunt their mastery. Maintained free of cracks, this remarkable violin is in top musical condition. With its bright yet warm and sweet voice, it makes an artistic statement with a carrying resonance that is a perfect match for the instrument's aesthetic appearance.

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