Circle of Wilhelm Azan

A very early and rare French seventeenth-century viola approximating the Haute-Contre size found in orchestras of the seventeenth century. The outline, general form and varnish are strikingly simiar to a bass violin by Wilhelm Azan in the Musee de la Musique, Paris, and the partly illegible label gives a clear date for 1668, supported by dendrochronology.

A 16-inch viola, circle of Wilhelm Azan, Aix-en-Provence, 1668

 

Atelier Meteney

We have been looking for the ideal professional ‘second’ cello on the market for under £5000 and instruments by Les Ateliers de la Dyle is the best cello we’ve found for the price, making it a fabulous intermediate instrument to take students all the way through grade 8, and into university or amateur orchestras.

Handmade violoncello by the Atelier Meteney, Brussels. £8,000

 

Gagliano Family

A very fine sounding composite violin with a clear and direct tone that is very typical for instruments of this calibre, but a real “player’s instrument” affording an excellent opportunity to own an example of classical period Italian making at a fraction of the normal cost.

A composite violin, the front by Giuseppe Gagliano and other parts by later family members, Naples c.1770 and later

 

Rüdolf Hös

Rüdolf Hös was born to an important family of instrument makers in Füssen in 1640, but was sent away to apprentice in Rome sometime around 1663. His application for citizenship of the city of Munich states that he spent 19 years in Italy, working in Bologna and Venice before his return to Germany and his appointment as instrument maker at the Ducal Court in Munich.

A 17-inch viola by Rüdolf Hös, Munich circa 1685

 

Hippolyte Caussin

The Caussin workshop specialised in producing antiqued instruments for the London and Paris trade, but in the early years their instruments were made to extremely high quality, and the work of the family – Francois-Nicolas and Hippolyte are highly revered,…

A Fine French Violoncello by Hippolyte Caussin, Neufchatel, circa 1860

 

Lockey Hill

Lockey Hill had a prolific and varied career. This example shows enormous influence from his father, Joseph making it one of the most attractive models to come from his workshop, with especially elegant Amati-styling around the soundholes. An excellent and…

A fine English violoncello by Lockey Hill, London circa 1790