Violin made in Markneukirchen, 1902
This violin has now sold.
About Markneukirchen violinsThis violin was made in Markneukirchen in 1902. Markneukirchen is a small town in the Saxony region of Germany, famous for its great number of violin making workshops. The town was one of the main centres of violin making in the country at the time, turning out hundreds of thousands of instruments.
Markneukirchen is very close to the another German violin making town, Klingenthal, and to a similar town in the Czech Republic called Luby. This meant that there was a good deal of crossover between the luthiers of the three towns and a great deal of opportunity for skilled workers.
The town remains active as a centre of violin making today, with over 100 different instrument workshops and a charming museum dedicated to its extraordinary history.
The violin is labelled Sivori. Camillo Sivori was a famous Italian virtuoso violinist and the only known pupil of Paganini. His name was used to sell violins, much like the many 'Ole Bull´ models which can also be found for sale. Much like Ole Bull, Sivori had an incredible collection of instruments which included violin by Stradivari, Amati, Bergonzi and Vuillaume.
About the violinThis instrument is a well executed Strad model. It has a two piece back of book-matched maple and a two piece front of straight-grained spruce which widens towards the flanks. The varnish is an attractive rich brown colour, laid over a lighter golden ground.
The violin has relatively high arching for a Strad model instrument, giving it a slightly richer tone than is perhaps typical of Markneukirchen instruments of this model. The length of back is 358 mm.
How does it sound?The violin has a good, clear sound and is even across all the strings.
ConditionThe violin is in excellent condition.