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Lion head violin, approx. 1850

This antique lion head violin,  the pegbo decorated by a finely crafted lion head, was built approx. 1850 as an early example of instruments from Klingenthal featuring this special ornament. This lion head is an especially well done in the tradition of the Friedrich August Glass workshop that indicates the upscale quality of the violin. Its two-part back was crafted of flamed maple, as...

This antique lion head violin,  the pegbo decorated by a finely crafted lion head, was built approx. 1850 as an early example of instruments from Klingenthal featuring this special ornament. This lion head is an especially well done in the tradition of the Friedrich August Glass workshop that indicates the upscale quality of the violin. Its two-part back was crafted of flamed maple, as well as the ribs, a quality tonewood that is an interesting contrast to the interesting wide to medium grained spruce of the two-piece top. The golden brown, luminous varnish is quite typical for Klingenthal violins, and its interesting patina and traces of use match the antique appearance of the instrument perfectly. The violin bears a Jacobus Stainer model label and is offered undamaged, worked over by our expert luthiers thoroughly and is offered ready to play. This lion head violin has a convincingly strong and clear sound that is silvery and mature in character.

Inventory no.
6137
Maker
Friedrich August Glass
Provenance
Klingenthal
Year
1850 circa
Tone
mature, clear, silvery
Length of back
35.6 cm
Löwenkopfgeige
Lion head violin, approx. 1850
Lion head violin, approx. 1850
Lion head violin, approx. 1850
Lion head violin, approx. 1850
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