A good English violin by William Taylor, London circa 1800
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 composite violin, the front by Giuseppe Gagliano and other parts by later family members, Naples c.1770 and later
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 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 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.
A good violin for Antonio Monzino, Milan 1911
A violin with an enormous sound and clarity, definitely on the bolder end of the spectrum, but with tremendous versatility and a subtle depth of colour. A great confident violin with bags of Italian character.
A Fine English violin by George Wulme Hudson, circa 1930.
A sensational example of early twentieth-century English faking, producing an entirely original and deceptive interpretation of Guarneri del Gesu’s work.
A fine Nuremberg violin by Leopold Widhalm, 1789.
An outstanding example by Leopold Widhalm combing Stainer’s form with the Amati grand-pattern.
A Masterpiece of late-Renaissance violin making.
An outstanding example by one of the great Renaissance forefathers of the modern violin.
A fine violin by George Craske, Birmingham circa 1840.
One of the finest violins by George Craske that I have seen in a long time, the overall design harks back to the later period of Stradivari’s long-pattern in the second half of the 1690s. However, mannerisms in the soundholes,…
A fine French violin by Paul Bailly, Paris circa 1880.
A phenomenal-sounding French violin based on the 1716 Messiah. One of the best examples I have come across from a generally brilliant maker.