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Lion head violin, England approx. 1850 - top
Lion head violin, England approx. 1850 - top
Lion head violin, England approx. 1850 - top
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ribs of finely flamed maple
ribs of finely flamed maple
lion head, English style approx. 1850
lion head, English style approx. 1850
Provenance: probably England
Maker: Unknown
Length of back: 35.7 cm
Year: approx. 1850
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Lion head violin, England, approx. 1850

This antique lion head violin, probably from England, that is decorated by a finely crafted lion head was built approx. 1850 as an early example of instruments featuring this special ornament. This lion head is an especially well done carving in Alpine craftsman tradition, where it was probably imported from, that indicates the upscale quality of the violin. Its two-part back was crafted of plain maple, as well as the ribs, a quality tonewood that is an interesting contrast to the interesting wide to medium grained spruce of the one-piece top. The vgolden brown, luminous varnish is quite typical for English violins, and its interesting patina and traces of use match the antique appearance of the instrument perfectly. The violin has a pitch pocket on top, it is undamaged, was worked over by our expert luthiers thoroughly and is offered ready to play, with a convincingly strong and clear sound that is silvery and mature in character.

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