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Mittenwald violin labeled Johann Neuner, ca. 1900 - top
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Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Johann Neuner (label)
Length of back: 36.0 cm
Year: 1900 circa
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Mittenwald violin, appraised at € 2,300

There can be no doubt about the beauty and sophisticated sound of this Mittenwald violin which was carefully and expertly crafted around 1900, although its exact origin is still enshrouded in some mystery. The inside label, “Neuner Johann,” refers to the Neuner dynasty of violin makers, one of the oldest and most respected families in Mittenwald. Given the time in which it was made, it is not unlikely that it was made by Johann “Hans” Neuner (1878-1934), then the director of the internationally successful Neuner & Hornsteiner company. That would make this one of the rare instruments that was personally produced by the busy entrepreneur himself. There is, however, a lack of clear-cut evidence that would definitively confirm its provenance from his atelier. Nevertheless, the violin is a typical “Mittenwalder,” made of premium sound woods from the region: moderately grained spruce was used for the top, and the two-piece back is made of flamed sycamore maple. Clear traces of use, some of which have been touched up, can be seen along the golden-yellow transparent varnish of the instrument, indicating that previous owners clearly enjoyed playing it. We are offering it in undamaged and uncracked condition, ready to play; our luthier worked it over, and it has a new bridge, sound post and strings. An appraisal by Mittenwald violin maker Anton Sprenger for € 2,300 confirms the violin's quality, while its clear, sophisticated sound with its dark voice and sense of maturity convincingly speaks for itself.

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