A good Markneukirchen violin, circa 1890 £6,500

A violin made in Markneukirchen around the period 1880-1910 by one of the many small workshops producing instruments for the higher end of the commercial market. Whilst some of the larger workshops are easily identifiable and well labelled, there is much work from the area that is harder to identify comprehensively of which this is a good example. The violin is made to quite an unusual bold and flat form, which seems to reference some of Stradivari’s work of the 1690s whilst being completely individual in it’s own right. The choice of wood and the standard of varnishing likewise helps to create a violin that pushes well above it’s level. A compelling violin that I am pleased to have in stock.

Labelled (probably spuriously) for Ellery & Young, Leipzig 1888.