Auguste Delunet was amongst the legendary French violin makers recruited by W.E. Hill & Sons in 1880 to work under the direction of Charles-François Langonet. Delunet’s violins are rare, but his technique for antiquing can be found on various repairs…
A fine Anglo-French violin by Auguste Delunet, London circa 1890
This viola made in London by a French pupil of Jean Baptiste Vuillaume is a highly refined sixteen-inch interpretation of Brescian work, it has loudness, brightness and enormous versatility. An unexpected instrument for either an English or French pedigree, in many respects the outcome anticipates some of the most exciting Italian making of the early twentieth century.
A 16 inch Anglo-French viola by Paul Bailly, London circa 1890
There is considerable speculation that William Taylor was a pupil of Vincenzo Panormo. His most distinguished specimens, of which this is a good example, adopt a good Golden-period Stradivari pattern. The violin is a very charming violin with a rich, dark sound with plenty of power.
A good English violin by William Taylor, London circa 1800
I was delighted to be a part of the inaugural Young British Soloists Competition in 2015 and to celebrate Louise Alder as winner. As part of the prize, we sponsored the recording and distribution of the winner’s debut album with…