Tourte and Vienna

Tourte and Vienna

Why did Beethoven  ignore the technological progress of the French..   We were delighted to be invited to speak at the symposium “Le Violon c’est l’archet” – bows from the time of Beethoven and Paganini held at the Kunsthistoriches Museum…

 

James d’aquisto

James d’aquisto

Guitar Heroes and the holy grail of the American Mandolin..   James D’Aquisto was one of the iconic makers of the American archtop guitar. In 1971 he created his own design of mandolin applying the proven aesthetics of the New…

 

Architetto del Suono

Architetto del Suono

Our contribution to the 500th anniversary of the birth of Gaspar da Salo..   In 2008 we were flown to Salo on the banks of Lake Garda to speak at a conference at the birthplace of Gaspar da Salo, half a millennium after he…

 

Stadlmann

Stadlmann

A treasure from the collection of the Barons Albert and Nathaniel Rothschild..   This extraordinary instrument belonged to the collection of the barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild. The collection was put into safekeeping by the Austrian government in 1938…

 

Giovanni Grancino

Giovanni Grancino

A rare example from the golden-period of Milanese lutherie..   Four instruments of this sort are known, made in Milan by either Giovanni Grancino or Carlo Giuseppe Testore and spanning a period of approximately fifty years from the 1660s. Their original function…

 

Josquin des Pres

Josquin des Pres

A remarkable discovery that changed the face of Josquin scholarship.. We were asked to consult on this important English painting by the anonymous ‘Master of the Countess of Warwick’ from the sixteenth-century belonging to a private collection on behalf of the Weiss…

 

‘Stradivarius’ in Oxford

‘Stradivarius’ in Oxford

Our involvement in the 2013 Stradivarius Exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum..   We were enormously privileged to be involved in the 2013 ‘Stradivarius’ exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford guest-curated by Charles Beare. It provided an opportunity to give…

 

Nicolas Lanier

Nicolas Lanier

A portrait of Nicholas Lanier of outstanding importance to British Art.. We were delighted to be invited to contribute to the study, Nicholas Lanier: A Portrait Revisited, following the discovery of this extremely important English portrait of Nicholas Lanier, the art connoisseur and…

 

A Medieval Masterpiece

A Medieval Masterpiece

This remarkable survival ranks amongst the finest medieval woodcarving in existence..   It was our pleasure to participate in the major symposium on this instrument, organised by the British Museum. The citole is an extraordinarily rare survivor of fourteenth-century English…

 

Jacob Stainer

Jacob Stainer

An outstanding viola by the greatest of all makers working outside of Italy.   Jacob Stainer is regarded as the greatest of all makers working outside of Italy. There is continual debate as to whether he crossed the Alps to…

 

George Craske

George Craske

George Craske’s head “was exactly the same shape and measure as Shakespeare’s”. He was also one of the very first nineteenth-century copyists of Del Gesu’s work. We explore some of the finest examples by this extraordinary maker.

 

Giovanni Gaida

Like Vincenzo Panormo a century beforehand, Giovanni Gaida’s work has often sat uncomfortably between the Anglo-French and Italian schools of violin making, without clearly being one or the other. Whichever side of the debate about the nationality of his violins…