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Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - top
Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - top
Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - back
Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - back
Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - ribs
Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - ribs
Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - scroll
Excellent, c.1900 Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner - scroll
Provenance: Mittenwald
Maker: Georg Tiefenbrunner
Length of back: 35.8 cm
Year: 1890/1900
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Mittenwald violin by Georg Tiefenbrunner

This good fullsized violin was made in Mittenwald in approximately 1890/1900 by Georg Tiefenbrunner; it is a prime example of the Mittenwald tradition of violin making. The instrument ranks among the later works of this famous Bavarian craftsman and is a rare piece within his oeuvre. After his apprenticeships under Lorenz Kriner in Landshut and Andreas Engleder in Munich, both of whom were leading figures amongst violinmakers of their day, Tiefenbrunner married the daughter of a zither maker named Krenn and took over his workshop, where he contributed to major milestones in the development of the zither. Seen from the perspective of the violin world, Tiefenbrunner's shift to another medium was a loss, as this instrument with its original label testifies. His impressive artisanal abilities are clearly evident in the delicate purfling which extends far into the corners and runs close along the edges of the instrument; they can also be seen in the careful carving of the expressive scroll. A native of the Mittenwald region, Tiefenbrunner remained true to his heritage in selecting the tone woods. The medium-grained spruce for the top and closely flamed maple for the one-part back are both premium woods from the Karwendel mountains. He set them off with a tasteful golden-brown varnish. Some varnish flaws and a mark to the edge have no impact on the violin's value or musical properties. After having been meticulously set up by our experienced luthier, this extremely good sounding instrument is now being offered in good condition and ready to play. We can recommend its dark, warm, clear, intense sound full of character.

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