A fine small-sized violin, Mittenwald circa 1880

The Neuner & Hornsteiner workshop was one of the largest in nineteenth-century Mittenwald. It produced a variety of qualities of instruments and both cellos and small-sized violins made by them are especially prized. This example is of the ‘long-pattern’ model that is typical of their fractional sized instruments, but instead of the usual deep blackish-red varnish it is finished with a brittle amber oil varnish instead. The workmanship is overall of the highest quality to come from their workshop, and it is a very fine example. A very charming instrument with enormous potential.