Lord John

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  1. And maybe a 5-layer purfling ? Yet the image is somewhat blurred.
  2. the usual : "an interesting violin, possibly italian". And bearing a manuscript label "Nicholas (sic) Bergonzi... Yet it had some interesting features, among them : decent varnish, squarish pins etc.
  3. Any thoughts on lot 61 of the latest bromptons auction ? Sold previously(lot 56) in the october sale.. If my memory is correct, it went away for 17000 pounds, almost six times the low estimate, wich seemingly contradicts the predictions for a collapse in auction sales
  4. Maybe just an attempt of getting a "market value" for the instrument ? As I posted previously it was loaned on long term to the city of Cremona.
  5. What do you guys think about that scar ?
  6. Good point. Do you believe the graft is original ? what could have triggered such a repair ?
  7. Lot 202 on the Tarisio June sale is the Ruger that was exposed at the "treasure trove" in Cremona, and was on "extended loan" to the town since 2008. https://tarisio.com/auctions/auction/lot/?csid=2198978560&cpid=3395305472&filter_key= It is sad to think that this beauty will leave its cradle, and remain concealed from now on. By the way, the back of this violin has always intrigued me, being in four parts of uneven but utterly handsome curl. I would say temptatively : "pearwood". (on other pics the back appears of a much more reddish hue) This denomination covers a broad range of tree species, from the true pears(Pyrus spp.), up to the service trees (Sorbus spp.) etc. I also heard that the cremonese makers used the mediterranean hawthorn (Crataegus azarolus). In this specific case, could it be Azarolus ? another clue might be the uneven grain, hesitating between tangential and radial plane, as could be expected from a ridged, gnarled trunk.. Any thoughts about that ?
  8. Dear violin friends, A few weeks ago, I posted a thread about an unknown violin bought at Amatis, with peculiar f holes. With not much success, I must admit... Next step was to go to the luthier, in order to get the thing fixed. So I went to Roland Terrier, at Mirecourt. I was pleased to see he took much interest in the violin, wich he identified as a XIIIth century instrument, most probably french. Roland said he would check his extensive photographic database in order to see if identification could be pushed further. Two open cracks had at least to be repaired, plus the usual fittings after a careful internal check. Some time later, I mailed to inquire about the violin. Roland had removed the top plate and was happy to indicate he had identified the maker, in an absolute manner. This happens rarely in such cases, but a detail he had observed but on this specific (scarce) maker had given him the answer. Here I join Rolands pic, with his kind permission.... The way the linings are (deeply!!) mortised into the corner block is indeed surprising, and typical for Claude Aubert, a french luthier who lived in the East of France, at Troyes. Once this had been cleared, the shield-formed wood replacement at the upper back plate, made sense. Aubert is known for branding his instruments between the interrupted purflings, on the back He is of course not the only one to do so (see a very old thread on the pegbox ). A previous repair had tried to erase the marks of a "less valued" maker.... I encourage you, if not already done, to visit Rolands impressive site about the Mirecourt school of violin making (and much more...) https://www.luthiers-mirecourt.com/galerie_instruments.htm The Aubert cello shows, in my eyes, some more similarities to this nice little violin. I am deeply indebted to Roland for sharing his knowledge with me, and allow me to publish this... Hope you had interest in reading that too.
  9. a precision, maybe useful, is that the body length is 349mm
  10. Sycamore wood has strong physical and technological affinities with beech wood, except it has much more radial rays. That gives the heavily mottled (and fairly aesthetic)aspect on a radial cut. IMO it should have slightly lower density than most maples. the "grain" is somewhat rougher than maple, too. Expect it to be a bit harder to get fully polished.
  11. I recently acquired a violin from amatis, wich f holes seem a bit "personal" to me. I am waiting for the instrument to be shipped, but meanwhile I join a few pics : scroll, table and back. The violin has already been heavily worked over : see corners (lower left f. e.), back. More or less successfully. I will hopefully be able to send more details soon. The usual question : any clues on where and when ? With many thanks for your kind advice
  12. Hi folks; I came across this violin recently, with some interesting features. It is not mine yet, as the label on the pics evidently tell. I wondered if anyone had a clue wich country it comes from (german ? french?) if it had been submitted to an antiquizing process, and if it is worth acquiring/repairing. What are the marks at the scroll ? the bottom rib seems heavily damaged or is it only superficial ? Thanks a lot for your help, LJ