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Hopf violin, Klingenthal - table of spruce wood
Hopf violin, Klingenthal - table of spruce wood
Hopf violin, Klingenthal approx. 1820 - top view
Hopf violin, Klingenthal approx. 1820 - top view
Historical, c.1820 Hopf violin from Klingenthal - Zargen
Historical, c.1820 Hopf violin from Klingenthal - Zargen
Historical, c.1820 Hopf violin from Klingenthal - Schnecke
Historical, c.1820 Hopf violin from Klingenthal - Schnecke
Provenance: Klingenthal
Maker: Hopf workshops
Length of back: 35.1 cm
Year: approx. 1820
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Historical, c.1820 Hopf violin from Klingenthal

This 1820 Hopf violin from Klingenthal is a typical example of the famous Hopf ateliers in every way, as you can see at first glance. The look of these violins is so distinctive that there is no need to see the Hopf stamp on the outside of the back to confirm their provenance; the characteristic “angular” model of the body and the unmistakable aesthetic of the varnish eliminate any remaining doubt. A closer study of this orginal Hopf violin reveals a more individual profile, however: one that was richly inspired by an Italian master whose influence is especially apparent in the opulently executed edges. Delicate ornaments on the back witness the artistic sense of the maker. The attached neck is typical of Klingenthal violin making around 1800 and the transitional period into modern instruments. The historic character is further enhanced both by the thick patina of the varnish and by the bright, sweet, clear and powerful sound the violin has developed, a trait which gives historic stringed instruments their unique mature depth. We are offering this beautiful Hopf violin in very good condition; we have carefully checked a deep scratch outside the soundpost region and worked over this violin completely, which is now immediately ready to play!

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