A 17-inch viola by Rüdolf Hös, Munich circa 1685
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 Fine English Violin after Giuseppe Rocca, circa 1900
A super violin in it’s own right with a very clear and strong sound under the ear that carries well. The perfect violin for someone hankering for a Voller (or a Rocca) on a smaller budget.
A Fine French Violoncello by Hippolyte Caussin, Neufchatel, circa 1860
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 English violoncello by Lockey Hill, London circa 1770
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 violin by Nathaniel Cross, Piccadilly, 1726
Nathaniel Cross is a much talked about maker of the early eighteenth century. This violin, made in 1726, has the combination of power, focus, and colour that is expected in the finest professional violins.