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
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 fine English violin by Nathaniel Cross, Piccadilly, 1726
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 good violin for Antonio Monzino, Milan 1911
A sensational example of early twentieth-century English faking, producing an entirely original and deceptive interpretation of Guarneri del Gesu’s work.
A Fine English violin by George Wulme Hudson, circa 1930.
An outstanding example by Leopold Widhalm combing Stainer’s form with the Amati grand-pattern.
A fine Nuremberg violin by Leopold Widhalm, 1782.
George Wulme Hudson used the pseudonym Giovanni Baptista Pallencia for violins made as an amalgam of different styles. In this example, the fictional Pallencia is stated to be a pupil of Gagliano working in Milan. The violin takes it’s inspiration from Nicolo Gagliano’s work, especially in respect of the soundholes and overall boldness of the arching, but he appears to have opted for a Guadagnini (though probably of the Turin period, not from Milan) to inspire the edgework, choice of wood and overall form. The result is a violin that sits between different schools, and to an extent is the ‘perfect fake’ because it is plausibly Italian without requiring too much comparison with any particular maker. However, it is signed inside, and discretely on the label. An exceptional English violin with a powerful projecting sound.
A fine English violin by George Wulme Hudson, Chessington, circa 1900 ascribed to Giovanni Baptista Pallencia.