A fine Nuremberg violin by Leopold Widhalm, 1789.

An outstanding violin by one of the leading makers of the German region of the late eighteenth-century. Martin Leopold Widhalm was the maker to the Nuremberg Court when he made this violin in 1789. The majority of Widhalm’s work comprises very fine interpretations of Jacob Stainer’s violins from the seventeenth-century, but this exceptional example combines Stainer’s modelling on the larger ‘Grand-Amati’ pattern of the Cremonese Golden Period. Similar marriages of design and form would happen in Venice, in particular amongst the violins of Peter Guarneri also producing particularly warm and playable instruments with a surprising capability and projection given their generous dimensions. An extraordinary violin, as much a pleasure to look at as it is to play.