German violin circa 1850

German violin circa 1850

About German violins of the period

Around 1850, we see a general shift in Germany away from the Stainer model to patterns influenced the classical Cremonese makers. This movement marks a huge shift in the output of the country, eventually leading to the complete prevalence of Stradivari model violins. Around this time, workshops were still relatively small and the industry was still mainly made up of outworkers who produced unlabelled instruments for sale in shops at home and abroad.

About the violin

This violin was made around 1850. It is a really beautiful Stradivari model, most likely made in Saxony. It is a thoughtful and interesting take on a Stradivari model which I feel shows us Stradivari through the lens of a maker who has spent his career building on a Stainer pattern. This can be seen in the f holes most especially: these retain some of the muscular breadth we associate with earlier German violins.

The violin has a two piece front of fine quality, medium-grain spruce. The one piece back is of attractive, gently-figured maple and the ribs are of similar wood. The varnish is golden-brown and the violin has a length of back of 358 mm.

How does it sound?

This violin has a great vintage sound. The bottom end has a pleasing amount of crunch and power to the sound whilst the upper register has a bright, silvery tone. A wide range of dynamics is easily accessible: this violin is very responsive and speaks easily.


The violin is in good restored condition.

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