Alfred Waller was a respected maker in Minneapolis for nearly forty years, making almost 200 instruments. He worked with Mathais Dahl then opening his own workshop in 1932. This is a nice example of his work.
The Aubert workshop is famous for the very finest bridges for bowed string instruments. For many years they have also maintained a very small workshop making very fine violins, violas and cellos.
Born and trained in Mirecourt, Clément established his shop in Paris in 1810 employing Georges Chanot among other important makers. He won medals at the Paris Exhibitions of 1823 and 1827. It has a classic, sophisticated tone with warmth and nuance and comes with a Rampal Certificate..
Son of Carlo Carletti and younger brother of Natale, Orfeo Carletti was both a maker and violinist. He and Natale opened their own workshop in Bologna in the late 1920s. His instruments are well made and very similar to those of Natale. The violin has a Fiorini label. The violin comes with a Warren and Sons certificate.Tonally, this violin has a full rich tone with great depth.
The instruments bearing the "Stentor" brand were made in Nicolas Vuillaume's workshop in Mirecourt and were sold by his brother J.B.Vuillaume in Paris. The tone of this violin is dark and robust.
The Chanot family of Parisian violin makers spanned five generations including the great Georges I (1801-1883), one of the most important French makers of the 19th century. Georges Adolphe studied with his father Georges (II) and moved to Manchester in 1879 with the help of the Parisian maker and dealer Joseph Chardon. He quickly became one of the most important makers in England, winning numerous medals at major competitions. This exceptional violin has a wonderful sweet responsive tone with excellent projection.
The Caussin workshop in Neufchâteau (near Mirecourt) produced excellent instruments from 1830 until the end of the 19th. Century. Over the years we have been able to offer a number of these fine and very interesting instruments. This violin has an excellent, brilliant tone with easy playability.
This unusually fine violin is modeled on a violin by Francesco Ruggeri of 1685. The tone is brilliant, powerful and responsive.
By the late 19th century, famous workshops in Mirecourt, France were making some of their finest instruments. This is an excellent example of Mirecourt workmanship of that era.
The G.A.Pfretzschner workshop produced some excellent instruments and bows in the first part of the last century. This violin is an especially nice example of the best instruments produced in his workshop.
Joseph Vautrin started as a violinist and composer, then apprenticing to Chipot-Vuillaume in Mirecourt. He moved to Paris becoming the head of Emile Germain's workshop. He returned to Mirecourt then setting up his workshop in Chaumont. This fine violin is typical of his work with a beautiful golden orange varnish. This violin has a smooth, even warm tone with excellent playability.
Lucien Schmitt first studied violin at the Geneva conservatoire. He subsequently studied violin making with aMougenot in Mirecourt. then with Vidoudez in Geneva, Lorange in Lyons, Bovis in Nice and finally with Caressa and Français in Paris before establishing his own shop in Grenoble. This exceptionally beautiful violin is fashioned on his own personal model which is considered his finest work.
Aubrey is well respected as a fine maker and won prizes for his work at major competitions. The tone is brilliant and very responsive with great playability.
Imported by Beare & Sons, early 20th century
This excellent maker was born and began his training in St.Petersburg before moving to Markneukirchen in 1918. His work is very highly thought of.
Rudolph Schuster worked with master makers in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Berlin and Vienna (with Dr. Thomastik) before setting up his own shop in 1930.