A good German violin, Berlin 1891. £4500

Louis Lowendal established a workshop in Dresden in 1855 manufacturing violins on a large scale. His work is distinctive from other German makers of the period, and his connections in a major city, rather than in the violin-making villages of Markneukirchen, Mittenwald and Schönbach seem to have led to a distinctive response to market demand. Instruments are varied in model, design and quality, with a bit more sensitivity to the Cremonese originals they are trying to emulate than other instruments produced on a large scale, and his best work is impressively fine In 1889 the company moved its headquarters to a large building in Reichenberger Strasse, Berlin, where this violin was made, and his regular vists to London and the United States earned him significant export trade.

Lowendal worked primarily to order, and this violin is dated with the name of the intended British dealer, Barton, for whom it was made in 1891 (possibly Joseph Edward Barton from Lincolnshire, who made violins in Llanelli, South Wales). Overall the model is Stradivarian, as indicated by the label, but the soundholes are a little gothic in character, giving it a slight lean towards Guarneri’ del Gesu’s work of the early 1730s. The flattish model which typifies so much of Lowendal’s work produces a loud and clear voice which I always appreciate of his work, that once again

Labelled “Manufactured in Berlin / copy of / Antonius Stradivarius” and additionally marked “Barton 1891”

Condition notes: The violin has been fully renovated and professionally setup by us before being placed on sale. In excellent condition.