I have some other excellent French violins in stock, including a beautiful example by Auguste Sebastien Phillippe Bernardel (Images here), the very violin made for the 1866 exhibition.
I have a perfect violin by Juste (Justin) Derazey. A special thing is the violin made for the prizewinning student at the Paris Conservatoire in 1915, by Caressa & Francais. (Images here)
I have a perfect Guarneri-model violin by Collin-Mézin dated 1909: how about this: (Images here). Also I have violins by Lavest of Montlucon and Jean Striebig. These last two are by little known makers, but they're good.
Two 18th Century French instruments are by Jacques Bocquay, typically oversized but with a normal string length,( Images here) and by Claude Pierray.
Now, here's some fun: a painted violin by Nicolas Morlot. After all, why not paint a violin? It doesn't affect the sound and it's decorative. These days violinists are very conservative in their tastes, but there was a time when such violins were quite common. Joseph Mast of Toulouse, for example, often painted his instruments. This one, by Morlot, dates from around 1830, and is a tolerably well-executed copy of the famous propaganda picture of Napoleon and his horse Marengo, by Davide. (Images here). The front is not painted, so the picture could be the player's secret in most circumstances. Oh! I nearly forgot. It sounds really good: clear and powerful
I have a violin by Charles & Samuel Thompson, circa 1770, with a nice undated label inside.
I don't know whether there's another label of the actual maker under the table - but I don't
I can't find anything with a mirror, and, as the instrument is in good playing condition, I don't think it's worthwhile to take the table off.
A somewhat earlier violin is by Robert Thompson. This has its original label dated 1756, and is in wonderful condition. Despite being highly arched it breaks the rules by being very powerful. I doubt there's a better example available. ( Images here)
I can offer two different violins by Goulding, and another by Longman & Co. - earlier than Longman & Broderip - this dates from 1767-1769
ItalianOld Italian violins are just shooting up in price, so it is a pleasure to have a reasonably-priced example (£22,000) in stock.
According to dendrochronology, it probably dates from
circa 1720. It's got various bits of wood let into the edges of the back and so on, but it
doesn't have a soundpost crack in the back and it doesn't have any problems associated with the
It's in very reasonable condition. It has a rather square-shouldered outline but attractive wood and a fine clear Grancino-like varnish. I think it's probably by a maker called Carlo Antonio Taneggia. I have seen only three instruments by this maker, so I'm no kind of authority - but nonetheless this reminds me of all three. Images here