Louis Lowendall violin, Dresden, approx. 1880

This sophisticated violin was crafted during Louis Löwenthal's time in Dresden; it is a successful replica of a model by Stradivari. The exceptionally successful atelier owner and instrument merchant, Löwenthal is said to have made his first attempts at crafting violins during his boyhood in Königsberg (now Kaliningrad); his fanciful violin was pieced together out of random bits of wood, strings made of cotton thread and a bow with hair that had just been cut from horses passing by on the street. This early and...

This sophisticated violin was crafted during Louis Löwenthal's time in Dresden; it is a successful replica of a model by Stradivari. The exceptionally successful atelier owner and instrument merchant, Löwenthal is said to have made his first attempts at crafting violins during his boyhood in Königsberg (now Kaliningrad); his fanciful violin was pieced together out of random bits of wood, strings made of cotton thread and a bow with hair that had just been cut from horses passing by on the street. This early and intense enthusiasm for stringed instruments is seen as one reason for the immediate success that Löwenthal enjoyed in his professional life. He matured into a good musician, luthier and bow maker who opened his own music shop in 1855. He was quickly able to hire many talented assistants and renowned masters such as Heinrich Knopf, and his business gained international recognition under the name "Lowendall Star Works". Löwenthal was at home all over the world and maintained professional relations and friendships with legends of violin making like George Gemunder in the US, to whom he sold a significant amount of aged European tone woods. Replicating the virtuoso artisanry of the Stradivari model is a clear indication of how much Löwenthal enjoyed experimentation in his work; amongst other things, Löwenthal's pieces include a patented "resonator bass bar" that featured several hollow sound posts. The eye-catching model of this particular violin features not only delicate inlaid purfling which extends deep into the corners; it also has excellent work at the scroll. The finishing touch to the instrument's visual aesthetic is a tastefully antiqued, golden-brown varnish with appealing red overtones, and the violin's style is an excellent complement to its wonderful sound: clear, rich in overtones, radiant, with a voice which unfolds with great responsiveness. With some varnish flaws and a pegbox repair, the body is free of cracks and the violin was, like all instruments from us, meticulously set up in our atelier and made ready to play. We recommend it as a particularly interesting instrument.

 
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Inventory no.
4669
Maker
Louis Lowendall
Provenance
Dresden
Year
ca. 1880
Tone
clear, radiant
Length of back
35.9 cm
Louis Lowendall (Löwenthal) - violin after Stradivari, Dresden - top
back - Louis Lowendall violin, Dresden 1884
ribs - Louis Lowendall violin, Dresden 1884
scroll - Louis Lowendall violin, Dresden 1884
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